Exploring Almost Forgotten Gravesites in the Great State of Ohio

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"A cemetery may be considered as abandoned when all or practically all of the bodies have been Removed therefrom and no bodies have been buried therein for a great many years, and the cemetery has been so long neglected as entirely to lose its identity as such, and is no longer known, recognized and respected by the public as a cemetery. 1953 OAG 2978."

Friday, November 2, 2012

"The Day of the Dead" - All Souls Day

Today is November 2, 2012 -- "All Souls Day" also known as "The Day of the Dead."  

Click on the title to link to the website "Catholic.org" for an in-depth history and perspective regarding the significance of this day. 
Also, on the website of "timeanddate.com" is a discussion about what people do on All Souls Day.  

Scroll down to see a perpetual calendar for all years showing when the observance of All Souls Day occurs as well as other holidays.  It is a very handy website!
I personally feel every day should be an "All Souls Day." 

Every Day is a good day to show respect and honor those who came before us; whether they were relatives, ancestors, veterans or strangers.   

We can do so by visiting gravesites and observing if they are properly maintained or not and then following up about it if needed.  

It might just mean making a phone call to a cemetery sexton about lack of care for the gravesites at a certain cemetery, or championing the cause to recognize a fallen veteran with a solemn ceremony, or by installing a new marker to replace a broken one -- whatever the need is to demonstrate we remember and care.  

I am particularly fond of this once popular poem we often see inscribed on gravestone markers of long ago:
From the white marble marker of Hannah Limes buried at the Sheep Pen Cemetery:

Hannah Limes
Died: November 3, 1863
Aged 73 yrs, 2 months, 24 days

"Remember friends as you pass by
As you now are so once was I
As I am now so you must be
Prepare for death and follow me."

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