Once again, the families and friends of our deceased have been sprucing up grave sites and placing flowers in remembrance of their veterans and loved ones. Scroll down for some pictures of the beautiful work they've done.
One note, the grass was mowed last Wednesday (5/20/20) and the cemeteries looked perfect. By Memorial Day we had a fresh crop of dandelion flowers that had gone to seed. After the next mowing or two, they'll barely be noticeable. The cemeteries are mowed each Wednesday (5/27/20 is the next mowing), so most of the seed heads will be cut down. We do not use herbicides on the cemeteries for several reasons...
Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 concerns, we will not be having a memorial day ceremony this year. The honor guard from the American Legion will not be going to any cemeteries to present the colors.
There are four new vets that have been added since Memorial Day last year. They are:
Bertram Arkman who served in the Marines
Gust Kempf who served in the Army
Kermit Grandberg who served in the Air Force
Roger Novotny who also served in the Air Force
The cemetery committee is placing 188 bronze stars and flags on all of our veterans grave sites. It's an enormous job dispersing the bronze stars and flags throughout the cemeteries! Here's what all the bronze stars and flags look like before we place them.
Well, today we turned on the water in the North and South Cemeteries. Thankfully everything went well this year! Last year we had three major leaks that required repairs. It was well into June when we finally got them all fixed.
If you encounter a spigot that doesn't shut off or is leaking, please let us know so we can address it! We have 13 watering cans in the North Cemetery. One behind the columbarium, one at the water hydrant (near the North gate to the cemetery) and one at the top and on each terrace on the west and south sides of the cemetery. After using a watering can, please return it to the spigot (and fill it 1/2 with water so it doesn't blow away).
Please do not move the red handle on the water hydrant (it should be up). If you turn it down, it shuts off water to the whole north cemetery.
The South Cemetery has four spigots for your convenience. Three along the road and one near the "Jesus" stature on the hill.
Today seven cemetery committee members were pulling stakes (that mark cemetery "blocks" in case we need to have a winter burial.) We're doing it earlier this year because the warm weather has encouraged the grass to start growing. The first mowing will happen later this week.
The four teak benches were put out in the columbarium. We're thinking about adding a bench to the south cemetery. We also continued to remove dirt and flowers from the pots that were used last year. Wood chips were added around remaining trees as a mulch and some shrubs trimmed. Black dirt and grass seed was spread on a couple recent burials. Later in May, we'll be turning the water on and hope for no leaks this year...
We've now have over 190 veterans in our cemeteries and will mark each with a bronze service star and flag for Memorial Day. This year four new veterans passed away and were added to the cemetery.
Here's the crew that worked today!