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Ohio ceremony shines light on mental illness

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — A Memorial Day ceremony on the grounds of a southeast Ohio institution where the mentally ill were hospitalized for decades recognized soldiers and others who suffered from the disorders.

The event took place Monday at a cemetery at The Ridges, the former site of the Athens Mental Health Center. Many military veterans who ended up at the institution for post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental illnesses are interred there.

Terry Russell of the National Alliance on Mental Illness said the aim was "restoring the dignity and personhood" of the veterans and others buried there.

The Athens Messenger (http://bit.ly/1nPVAGb ) reports that a wreath was placed on the grave of a World War I veteran who was hospitalized at the asylum because of post-traumatic stress disorder. The institution opened in 1874.

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