A whirlwind of preparation is happening at Calvary Cemetery right now for its biggest event of the year: Memorial Day.
“Typically, we have more people visit the cemetery on Memorial Day than all the other days of the year combined,” said Terry Miller, Calvary Caretaker.
A special Memorial Day Mass will be held at 8:45 a.m. on Monday, May 30th. Father
Timothy Reker of St. Joseph the Worker and Holy Family Catholic churches 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.
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 23rd but must be removed by Monday, June 6th. (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.