Memorial Day at Holyrood

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Photo courtesy Holyrood

For many, Memorial Day means warm weather, barbecues, and camping. However, Memorial Day has the word “Memorial” in it for a reason.

For the third annual year thousands of Catholic Cemeteries across the United States, including Holyrood Catholic Cemetery in Shoreline, will participate in the national celebration, "Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes."  This national program, developed by the Catholic Cemetery Conference, will honor those men and women who died while serving in the armed forces, as well as recognize both our active military and military veterans who have served our country.

“We were very encouraged by the overwhelming response to last year’s program and can only hope to build on last year’s success of more than 1,000 participating cemeteries,” said Andrew P. Schafer, President, Catholic Cemetery Conference.  “We encourage Catholic cemeteries, both large and small, to participate in the program, both to honor those members of the military who died in combat, and to recognize our veterans and current servicemen and women.”

For Holyrood Cemetery participation will include Tribute boards where veterans, active military members and their families can write messages. These boards will be available in the week leading up to Memorial Day.

Mass will be celebrated at 10:30am on Monday, May 25. Active military and veterans are invited to participate and recite uniform intercessions followed by a moment of silence. The cemetery will conduct a Wreath Laying Ceremony accompanied by a Military Honor Guard.

“It is important that we honor those men and women who died while serving our country,” said Richard Peterson, Director of Cemeteries of Associated Catholic Cemeteries, Archdiocese of Seattle. “We are honored to be participating in this program and are blessed to have the opportunity to celebrate the men and women who have sacrificed in order to defend the rights of all to freedom, justice and peace. We are inspired by these individuals and hope our participation can be just one way to give thanks for all they have done for us.”

The Catholic Cemetery Conference program, “Serving God and County: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes” is an opportunity for Catholics throughout the United States to unite in a meaningful way to remember and pray for those loved ones who made the ultimate sacrifice, and also to recognize and involve our veterans, and our active military who continue to serve our country.

“Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes” encourages community involvement and participation. It is the hope of the program that this initiative will band together thousands of Catholic Cemeteries throughout the nation with past and present military members in this special celebration of remembrance.

For more information on the “Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes” program, or to learn more about the participating Catholic cemeteries, please contact Irene K. Lazaroski at 315-696-5919, or Bill Burbatt at 708-202-1242.  For complete information visit the website.



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