Missouri man uses discarded military headstones to build onto house. OZARKS COUNTY, Mo. (CNN Newsource/WKRC) -- A homeowner in Missouri built a patio using military headstones. A Navy veteran found out about it and posted pictures of it on social media. That created an outcry to get the stones removed. "I took advantage of something that shouldn't have been taken advantage of," the homeowner said. "Free scraps stolen to make a small patio out of." The homeowner says nearly a decade ago, he got the headstones from a monument company -- he says he used the headstones to make a patio for his mom who fell. "I was just making something out of nothing. 90 percent of them are broken," the homeowner said. "They were never in a cemetery. They went from the monument to the landfill. There were mistakes. I didn't know." The gravestones caught the eye of a realtor who told Navy Veteran Ed Harkreader. He, along with an Ozarks County Deputy took us down to the property. Ed Harkreader, Navy Veteran, said, "These represent a solider, a sailor, airman, someone who served our county and died. They aren't here to take care of a situation we found out about and it's up to somebody else to pick up the slack." The homeowner says he didn't think what he was doing could be offensive to some. He first told us the gravestones would be staying. "I can't move them. Obviously. I can't move them. I am sorry." Harkreader said, "If he needs help, we will be happy to get the Patriot Guard out here with a dump truck and we will load the stones and get them out of here." The homeowner did change his mind and admits to making a mistake. "I ain't blaming nobody for nothing but me. I took them out of the landfill," the homeowner said. There are close to 150 headstones on the patio. The business where the homeowner says the gravestones were originally from says that they were rejected from the government and discarded. (Video: KSPR/CNN Newsource) Follow us on Twitter @Local12 and LIKE us on Facebook for updates!
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