Memorial Day: Holyrood Catholic Cemetery in Shoreline

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Holyrood Cemetery in Shoreline

Holyrood Catholic Cemetery Joins National Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes
Thousands of Catholic Cemeteries across the Country Unite for National Program

As the country prepares to celebrate Memorial Day, Holyrood Catholic Cemetery will join thousands of Catholic Cemeteries across the United States in a 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.

“Catholic cemeteries, both large and small, are invited 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,” said Carol Giambalvo, President, Catholic Cemetery Conference. The Catholic War Veterans of America and the Knights of Columbus are also expected to participate in the national celebration.

In Shoreline, the Most Reverend J. Peter Sartain, Archbishop of Seattle, will celebrate Mass at 10:30am on Monday, May 27. 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.

The local celebration 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.

“We are excited to be participating in this heartfelt program and are glad to have the opportunity to give thanks to the military members and veterans within our community for their commitment and service,” said Richard Peterson, Director of Cemeteries of Associated Catholic Cemeteries, Archdiocese of Seattle). “We are inspired by these individuals and hope our participation in the ‘Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes’ program can be just one way to say thanks for all they have done for us”.

The Most Rev. Timothy P. Broglio, JCD, Archbishop for the Archdiocese of the Military Services, USA, will serve as National Spokesperson for the “Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes,” program and will celebrate a Memorial Day Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C. on May 19th, 2013.

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


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