Memorial Day

Civil War veteran's grave with American flag

While the origins of this somber remembrance are contested, we can all agree that honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving this country is a worthy national holiday. Memorial Day also marks the beginning of summer and gives us an opportunity to connect with friends and family, but let’s not forget those who are no longer with us.

Join the Old East End at Greenmount Cemetery on Sunday, May 30th from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon as we honor each veteran by placing an American flag next to their grave stone.

This event is organized by Jason Stuffle and supported by Burlington City Cemeteries. Volunteers will receive a map marking the headstones of veterans from the Revolutionary War, Civil War, World War I, World War II, and a Buffalo Soldier. After flag placement, Jason will demonstrate the proper technique for cleaning headstones. Check out this amazing transformation!

Slide the bar to see the stone before and after cleaning

In Flanders Fields
by John McCrae

In Flanders Fields, the poppies grow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Come join us to learn about local history, honor those who have passed, and enjoy the beauty of Greenmount Cemetery.