When he arrived in his pickup Tuesday morning, Jimmy Morton was happy to see someone digging up headstones at the Baxter Springs National Cemetery No. 2 Soldiers’ Lot.

As he walked between the rows, Morton, public works director for Baxter Springs, said, “It’s time for this to get done.” Morton was referring not to vandalism, but to a federally approved project that, when complete, will give those buried at the second-oldest military cemetery in the nation the respect they deserve, he said.

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