Monday, May 28, 2012

Too Many Cemeteries to Visit

It was a tradition to go to the cemetery to decorate graves in our family. Cousins and friends gathered at the same time so it was almost a reunion to think of our dear departed and have a gossip session.

Grandma took us to the Almo Cemetery every year and while she was gabbing, my brother and I being just kids were chasing lizards. The Almo Cemetery has no grass, just rocks, dirt, stones and weeds. The weeds were cleared and real flowers decorated the graves.

I live so far away from either of the cemeteries where my grandmothers are buried so I don't decorate their resting places. I do however cut fresh flowers from my garden and take them to one of my sons and my mother. I think that one of problems of today's generations is that they don't live near where their dearly departed are buried and so Memorial Day is celebrated as just another holiday to take a trip and have fun.

William Wells Meguire
Plain City Cemetery is where a majority of my pioneers are buried.
William W. Meguire is buried there. One year the Daughter's of the Utah Pioneers had special plaques that we purchased to place on our pioneer tombstones.  I placed at least seven and one was William Meguire. My cousin has a little bucket which was carried from Pennsylvania to Utah on the Meguire wagon.

Meguire Bucket

This little cabin is still standing in Plain City and has been turned into a DUP Museum.  It originally belonged to John Carver whom was related to me through two of his wives.

Samuel Eames
The tiny DUP metal plaque on my 3rd great grandfather's tombstone was a special tribute to him.  No one else had visited his tombstone and left flowers for years but I did for at least 3 years.



Cherry's Prairie Primitives said...

Love your post!!

Paulette said...

No worries about your grandmother Stella, we cleaned her grave and put flowers by her headstone.

NanaDiana said...

Yes- it is sad that no one visits their family grave sites on Memorial Day like they used to. I am making a trip later this afternoon to do just that for my hubby's relatives that are buried here and for our little granddaughter. Blessings to you- Diana

Anne said...

My mum and dad visit my brothers grave every week to lay fresh flowers.I find it too upsetting to go often,I tend to only go when its his birthday as in a couple of weeks, or the anniversary of his death.

Ginny said...

Thanks for visiting me and playing my little guessing game! I see you are a grandmother, now I am wondering how many children you have. I am so very sorry for your loss of a child. Where do you live? We love to go to cemeteries and walk through. They are so peaceful and beautiful, also a good place for bird watching. I frequently read the tombstones and wonder about the people. We just went to a quite famous cemetery and I have quite a few stories to post about. Your grandchildren are beautiful, do you live close to them? Wow, a lock down is very scarey. We live in a low crime area as well, but still things can happen.

Ginny said...

I forgot to tell you how much I love your header, with the purple rose with water drops and the wonderful yellow blown glass thingy.

Anonymous said...

we have the same tradition here, we like to remember those gone before us, we sometimes lay extra flowers or tidy a bit for the forgotten ones, such a lovely post, thankyou for sharing today,

Shopgirl said...

What a love post! I went back and looked at things i had missed, WoW!
Thank you for sharing! Love, Mary
I wrote you a long note, but it didn't go through..yuck!

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