Kansas county builds memorial for homeless who died but were never claimed

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HUTCHISON, Kan. — A Kansas county has dedicated a new memorial that honors homeless people who died in the county. The memorial along the Osage Nature Trail was dedicated recently to remember homeless and indigent people who died in Harvey County whose remains were never claimed. The county has buried their ashes at the site. The memorial includes a large engraved stone on a concrete pedestal, with concrete benches on either side.

According to The Hutchison News, which sent out the tweet with a picture of the dedicated stone, the other side of the stone has the following scripture:

“I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine you did for me,” the monument reads, quoting Matthew 25:40. It also quotes from Psalm 147:3, “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”

The Harvey County Sheriff told The Hutchinson News, “I think it’s only right,” he said. “These are people, and they had lives. They had loves. They had dreams.”

Read more about the efforts to make this happen in The Hutchison News article. Harvey County is about 3 hours southwest of Kansas City.