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SANDUSKY, Ohio -- Thousands of military veterans' headstones and cemetery plots are being refurbished in a massive cleanup effort at a cemetery in northwestern Ohio.

Broken, cracked and aging headstones at the Ohio Veterans Home cemetery in Sandusky began getting fixed or replaced earlier this month with nearly $800,000 from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

The operations assistant for the home says he has been told that the Sandusky facility is the first veterans' home to receive that type of grant.

The Sandusky Register reports that the project will spruce up all 4,200 headstones and plots at the cemetery.

Many of the stones have become blackened, broken or barely readable over time. Some stones date back to the early 1800s.