Added to the database, at long last, is the Masonic Cemetery in Central City. Also new in November is a description page on Ralston Cemetery. The cemetery has a new caretaker, and a new website, to boot.
Christmas in the Cemetery
The holiday season is a time for being with family. This need to be with those we love doesn't end when people have died. During the holiday season, families take the time to visit the cemetery, often decorating trees, or laying fresh flowers or holiday treasures. Many cemeteries I've visited throughout the holiday season have some sort of Christmas cheer decorating the graves of loved ones.
In part, this tradition seems to be related to the fact that cemetery lawns aren't mowed during the winter, meaning that decorations can stay longer. Perhaps, too, it's that cemeteries seem even more peaceful in winters, under a beautiful blanket of snow.
In 1992, a tradition of decorating graves at Arlington National Cemetery with Christmas wreaths, when Worcester Wreath Company donated 5,000 wreaths to honor the fallen soldiers. Volunteers distribute the donated wreaths in the section chosen by the Arilington Cemetery management annually. In 2006, under the guidance of Morrill Worcester, the owner of the original wreath company, a national program to bring wreaths to national and state cemeteries across the country. The program, called Wreaths Across America, is gearing up for the annual event, which this year will take place on Decemeber 12, 2009. If you would like to help, there are several cemeteries in Colorado participating.
Contact the location leaders, listed below. These leaders can give you specifics about meeting times and the plan of events.
Fort Logan National Cemetery
Location Leader: Capt. Karren H. Clonts
Ft Lyon National Cemetery, Las Animas
Location Leader: Major Stephen Heffler
Veterans Memorial Cemetery of W. Colorado, Grand Junction
Location Leader: Arthur D. Edwards
Air Force Academy Cemetery, Colorado Springs
Location Leader: MSgt Ernest Medina
There are other ways to get involved, if you would like to help and can't attend on December 12. You can sponsor a wreath, or, spread the word to other individuals and businesses.
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