This year is no exception. Mass time is set for 8:45 a.m. on Monday, May 25th. Father Paul van de Crommert of Holy Rosary Catholic Church will be the celebrant.
“In the past, we’ve had anywhere from 100 to 700 people attending. It
really depends on the weather,” said Terry Miller, Calvary caretaker.
While the Mass is said within Calvary Chapel, many of the visitors sit outside on lawn chairs and hear the service through the P.A. system.
Immediately following Mass, American Legion Post 11 will conduct a ceremony at the veterans’ memorial on the east side of the chapel.
Terry has some good advice for the event visitors:
- Park on Goodyear Avenue in front the cemetery and walk in to avoid being blocked in the cemetery.
- Bring lawn chairs in case you cannot get a seat inside the chapel.
- Dress appropriately for the weather that morning.
- Ground decorations are allowed to be placed on sites on or after May 19th but must be removed by June 1st. (To decorate year round, you must have a cemetery-approved pot stand in a concrete pad — certain areas only. Please check with staff.)
- No glass containers are allowed — please anchor flowers well or the wind will take them.
Memorial Day weekend is the biggest annual event at Calvary Cemetery. Terry and his staff prepare for weeks ahead to ensure all visitors have an uplifting experience.