Man paves patio with military headstones he finds on landfill

OZARK COUNTY, MO (CNN) – A man in Missouri found scrapped military headstones on a local landfill and build a patio out of them, a CNN affiliate KSPR reported.

It happened in Ozark County. The homeowner says he saw the stones and figured they were just scraps. He threw them in his truck and used them to build his patio.

A local real estate agent saw the patio, and told a Navy veteran about it. The veteran took pictures and posted them on social media creating an outcry to get the stones removed. It turned out, these stones were never at a cemetery to begin with, according to KSPR.

The owner of the business that makes the headstones, says the military has very strict guidelines about grave markers and if something is off, they have to scrap the stone and start from scratch. The government only pays for the good stones. The rejected grave markers are then loaded on a truck and sent to a landfill. There is a protocol in place on how the grave markers need to be discarded.

That’s where the homeowner found the stones. The homeowner said he didn’t think what he was doing was offensive to some.

The Department of Veterans Affairs is investigating the case. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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