Posts Tagged ‘Monument’

Do you ever, in your journeys through graveyards, wonder why a certain memorial is chosen for a person? or why the wording is the way it is? In my wanderings in and out of cemeteries from coast to coast, I’ve come across my share of “Wonder Whys!”

In the heart of the city, lies the old and very large Lancaster Cemetery. I’ve been in that cemetery too many times to even count and each time I come out with a picture of something I’ve never seen before. Last week I came across one of those “wonder whys” and thought it would be a good time to do a blog on some of them! Herbert W. Rill was only six days old when he died. I wonder why his parents had the year only put on the headstone once ~ half way between the birth and death dates. Jim’s suggestion was that the “SAVED” at the top of the headstone meant they saved money by not having it put on their twice!Across the street from the beautiful Longwood Gardens is Longwood Cemetery, with burials dating back many years ago. In the midst of upright, traditional headstones are a few that stand out because of their uniqueness. Marianne Hoy’s in one of those. It is beautiful and serene and I wonder if it was her wish or something her family did because it reminded them of her. I wonder why . . . On a visit to Centralia, Pennsylvania, the ghost town with a fire under it we took a side trip to St. Mary’s Russian Orthodox Church, high on a hill above the town. We found this grave marker in the Cemetery behind the Church and wondered why

a bird chose this spot to start her family!

Driving through the backroads of northwestern Lancaster County, I came across the old East Donegal Cemetery  in the Maytown area. (You may have heard it referred to as Reich’s Church Cemetery) This beautiful fence caught my eye before I knew there was a Cemetery behind it.  I wonder why nobody caught the fact it was growing into a tree before it actually became part of the tree?

. . . and finally I really wonder why more respect is not shown to those that have served our country so we may have the freedom and liberties that we enjoy today!

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I recently took a “Cemetery Day” and meandered through Lancaster County visiting relatives in Graveyards.  Of course, while in the various graveyards, I didn’t only visit them, but wandered and met others. Two people I met were John H. Hipple and his mother, Mary.This beautiful monument drew me immediately when I saw the weathered canon and sword towards the top and the flag in the ground.  Although it has weathered over the years, that emblem still remains. Flags always draw me. I like to pay homage to those who have served and thank them for what they have done. Battles we’ve all heard of are documented on one side,  ending with John’s last in Spotsylvania.
Mary’s pride and grief are recorded on the other side.  

It is therefore no surprise to find buried next to her beloved son is Mary, between John and her husband Frederick for all of eternity. As a mother of sons that have served in the Armed Forces and grandmother of one who is currently serving, I understand this mother’s passion.

She not only sacrificed her son, she sacrificed a lot of money to honor and memorialize him.

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KimmerlingsDoes this look cold?  Well, IT WAS!!! This pictures was taken one Sunday afternoon.  I had decided I just had to see Klopps Cemetery in Northern Lebanon County.  I had spent 1/2 hour photographing some of the most awesome 18th century carved headstones in that cemetery.  My fingers were so cold they were red, but I couldn’t get in the car until I took “just one more picture!”

As my fingers were thawing out and we were heading back to Lancaster County, I spied this and my husband had to apply the brakes and turn around, so I could get out and see it!  This monument stands in the front of the Kimmerling’s Church Cemetery, right off of the highway, just a bit south of Klopps.   I was not disappointed! This monument is massive and beautiful!

Kimmerlings1It was erected by, I’m assuming,  Jacob Kimmerling’s ancestors and stood the test of time.  It is as beautiful today as it probably was the day it was put into place and the reason it is

Linda’s Headstone of the Week; Week #41.

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I found the most beautiful, intricate monument/gravestone on my last visit to California. It is located at Olivewood Cemetery in Riverside, California. The elaborate design and carvings set this apart from other headstones in it’s area and the reason it is

Linda’s Headstone of the Week; Week #30

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