Sunday, October 14, 2018

Historic cemeteries

"Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live." ~Norman Cousins

Gravestones at Royal Oak Township Cemetery / Cindy La Ferle 


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In celebration of Halloween, some of us decorate our yards with styrofoam grave markers carved with ghoulish names and puns.  

Another way to get into the spirit this month is to visit your town's oldest burial ground. It's not nearly as macabre as it seems, and you'll be rewarded with a local history lesson. 

Cindy La Ferle
Founded in 1826, our own historic Royal Oak Township Cemetery contains the remains of veterans of several wars, from the American Revolution through the Vietnam War, as well as pioneers who settled here two centuries ago. A boulder in one section of the cemetery lists the names of township residents who died in the American Civil War and World War I.

Touring the cemetery on a late October weekend, I found the experience both poignant and reflective. I took dozens of photos of old grave markers, some of which would qualify as works of art. If you opt to visit your local cemetery this fall, please do so with respect and reverence. ~Cindy La Ferle

Cindy La Ferle

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