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After learning homeless people were buried in unmarked graves at Kokomo's Crown Point Cemetery, Jay J. Ross make it his mission to honor those who had no family or means to pay for a tombstone. Ross, a volunteer who worked on homeless causes, rallied the community to support his project for a monument to honor the unmarked graves. Ross raised the money to have the monument erected and the Crown Point Cemetery Board of Regents donated two plots for what became "The Flame of Life." A photo from December 2006 shows an inscription on the monument that written by Ross. It says: "This marker validates the existence and worth of those interred here - often abandoned, abused, shunned, ridiculed, neglected and forgotten by society. This logo symbolizes their flame of life."

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