Memorial Day sets the stage for a variety of scenes and emotions. Designed to remember those who have died while in our nation’s service, the day’s events can be as diverse as the people in this great county.
The last Monday in May is often marked not only with plans for family get-togethers, picnics, camping or vacations, but also with a conviction to express gratitude for those who have died to protect our country, way of life and freedom. At the center of these solemn events are the burial sites housing the honored dead.
To prepare for Memorial Day, local cemeteries and memorials are spiffed up, flags are positioned at the graves of veterans, speeches are written, parades are organized and ceremonies are planned.
“There are almost 8,000 gravestones in Delhi’s Woodland Cemetery needing to be mowed and trimmed around,” said Janet Schwengber, president of the Woodland Cemetery Association. “The board is in charge of making sure the grounds are groomed and our contractor works diligently to have the grounds looking nice for Memorial Day.”
To prepare for the big day, Woodland Cemetery often hosts a spring cleanup day before Memorial Day weekend.
“The gravesite owners are responsible for the care of their own site,” Schwengber added. “Wintertime can wreak havoc with the decorations, so a spring cleanup reminds people to come and remove the old decorations, and if they desire, add new.”
The cemetery will host one of the weekend’s numerous Memorial Day ceremonies, with the help of some local organizations.
“The American Legion Post No. 190 supplies American flags for members of the Boy Scout Troop No. 33, who in turn place the flags appropriately in the Woodland Cemetery,” Post Commander Walter Roye explained.
The Legion Post will also host Memorial Day ceremonies in Bovina and Meridale. Preparations for the big day have been underway for months.