It’s our tradition. Every year we take a trip or two and visit relatives for Memorial Day. Well, actually we don’t visit live relatives, we visit my ancestors, take them flowers, pull a few weeds and take another picture of their headstones, as though the information changed since the last time we visited. It never changes, the information, that is, but the headstone, that’s another story!
We started on Saturday and drove north to Harrisburg to visit my great-great-grandparents in their home in Harrisburg Cemetery. There was a change in their headstone, but it wasn’t drastic. This was the headstone as I photographed it in 2009.
. . . and this is the way it appeared on Saturday, a little worse for the wear, but very readable and looking like it will last for quite a while.
Abraham Auxer, Catharine’s younger brother is another story. The stone was easily readable in 2009, not so Saturday.
On Saturday I was hardpressed to even find the stone, and when I did and cleared away the debris, I couldn’t remember if it was Abraham’s or his father (my great-great-great-grandfather!) Philip’s headstone.
I’m going to have to go thru a few photos and see if I can find the ones I took in the 1990′s to see what those were like. I know the ones laying flat were covered with debris so they were probably protected.
Perhaps we shouldn’t clean them up every year. What do you do? Clean them or leave them protected by the debris? It would be interesting to know what to do. . . .