Seven people at a veteran’s cemetery in Exeter, Rhode Island had to be reburied after being mistakenly placed in the wrong burial plots.
Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery staff left an extra space when transferring the remains of a veteran’s father back in 2010.
The extra space wasn’t accounted for when permanent grave markers were added in months later. As a result, 21 grave markers were off and seven graves in that row were placed in the next plot over.
“We recognize our cemetery is hallowed ground, and we did not meet our obligation to our veterans, their loved ones who are buried here or the families and the veterans who continue to come to our cemetery to pay their respects,” local Veterans Affairs director Kasim Yarn said, the Associated Press reported.
The error was reported on January 19 while the grounds crew prepared for a burial that day.
The people and the markers were moved over the weekend.