Monday, May 25, 2009

Monday Milestones: Elmwood Historic Cemetery

Today is Memorial Day 2009, a time to reflect on those whose lives, work, and sacrifice made it possible for us to enjoy this day in relative freedom and really relative prosperity.  The Elmwood Historic Cemetery on the eastside of Detroit is the oldest continuously operating non-denominational cemetery in the State of Michigan. Interestingly, the Elmwood Cemetery has always been racially integrated; the first fully integrated cemetery in the entire Midwest of the United States. There is also a special section at Elmwood for a Civil War Memorial. Elmwood Cemetery, which has grown in size from its original 42 acres to the present 86 acres, was designed by the famous 19th century architect, Frederick Law Olmsted, who also designed Central Park in New York City.

Famous Detroiters and Michiganders who rest at Elmwood Historic Cemetery include (notice how many "Detroit street names" you'll recognize):

Make sure to take some time today to remember those who are no longer with us...especially those who gave the Greatest Sacrifice in the United States Armed Services...
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