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  • Archaeologists Relocating Graves Found In Yard In Oak Brook, Illinois

    08/02/2014 2:39:02 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 17 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | Aug 1, 2014 | Nancy Harty
    Archaeologists Relocating Graves Found In Yard In Oak Brook August 1, 2014 7:34 AM CHICAGO (CBS) – A team of archaeologists has been excavating the yard of a west suburban home for the past two weeks, after the residents unearthed several graves from a 19th century cemetery. WBBM Newsradio’s Nancy Harty reports property along what’s now known as Kimberly Court in the Brook Forest subdivision of Oak Brook was once part of a cemetery that was active from 1830 to 1890. Dr. Kevin McGowan, director of the Public Service Archaeology & Architecture Program at the Uiversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,...
  • Floral thefts from veterans' cemetery

    07/24/2014 7:43:43 AM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies
    SIERRA VISTA — Artificial flowers and flags are being pulled at the Southern Arizona Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery. It’s not that they are prohibited, it’s that they are being pilfered and Cemetery Administrator Joe Larson cannot fathom why people are stealing them from in-ground burial sites. Apparently the thefts happened Saturday night and it wasn’t until a woman let Larson know on Monday that the artificial flowers from her loved one’s grave were taken, noting they were not there on Sunday. “We’ve had a number of other complaints this week about the stealing of artificial flowers and flags, but no real...
  • Cemetery creates first lesbian-only burial area (Berlin, Germany)

    04/02/2014 8:29:53 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 45 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 02 Apr 2014 12:27 GMT+02:00 | Jessica Ware
    Germany’s first burial area for lesbians will open on Sunday in Berlin. One of the founders told The Local that the leafy resting spot is for homosexual women to be buried as they lived—with those of the same sex. “We are the first real generation of emancipated, feminist, open lesbians, and we need somewhere to be buried,” said Dr. Astrid Osterland from Safia, an association for older, mostly gay women. Hitting back at criticism of the burial area in the Georgen-Parochial-Friedhof, Osterland explained that the project had “absolutely nothing against men”. They are welcome to have their urns here, but...
  • Virginia mayor plans ballpark on site of slave cemetery

    11/12/2013 2:15:05 AM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    MSN ^ | 11/11/13 | Gary Robertson
    RICHMOND, Va. - The mayor of Richmond announced plans Monday to build a minor-league baseball park on the site of a slave market and cemetery, prompting an outcry over what protesters said would be desecration of the area. Mayor Dwight Jones, a black minister, said the 7,200-seat ballpark would generate badly needed jobs and revenue and include a $30 million memorial. The ballbark is part of a $200 million development in Richmond's Shockoe Bottom neighborhood.
  • Family fights to include ‘Jesus’ on grave marker at city-owned cemetery

    10/29/2013 5:54:05 PM PDT · by massmike · 17 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | Published October 18, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    The family of a Colorado preacher’s wife is still fuming after the director of the city-owned cemetery refused to engrave her final resting place with the name ‘Jesus’ because it might offend people. The city eventually reversed course under public pressure. “We were in disbelief,” said Stacy Adams, the daughter-in-law of Linda Baker. “Who tries to censor Jesus from a cemetery?” “At first they told us it wouldn’t fit,” Adams said. “But after we kept pushing them the cemetery director told us that it might offend somebody. They weren’t going to allow it.” The family was devastated and asked the...
  • Cemetery withdraws approval for SpongeBob gravestones

    10/21/2013 10:38:27 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 12 hours ago | Mike Krumboltz
    A cemetery's decision to withdraw its approval for a pair of SpongeBob SquarePants headstones has sparked a controversy in Cincinnati. Sgt. Kimberly Walker was killed this past Valentine's Day. Her boyfriend, Sgt. Montrell Mayo, was charged with her murder. Walker was apparently a passionate fan of SpongeBob SquarePants. Her mother, Deborah Walker, told WLWT that they placed the Nickelodeon cartoon character in Kimberly's casket. Seeking to honor Kimberly further, the family had two 6-foot-tall SpongeBob SquarePants headstones erected. The first, dressed in an Army uniform, would be for Kimberly. The second, dressed in Navy attire, would be for her twin...
  • City-Owned Cemetery Refuses to Engrave 'Jesus' on Preacher's Wife's Headstone

    10/23/2013 6:08:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 55 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 22, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    The family of a Colorado preacher’s wife is still fuming after the director of the city-owned cemetery refused to engrave her final resting place with the name ‘Jesus’ because it might offend people. The city eventually reversed course under public pressure. “We were in disbelief,” said Stacy Adams, the daughter-in-law of Linda Baker. “Who tries to censor Jesus from a cemetery?” Linda Baker lost her battle with cancer last week. She was the wife of Mark Baker, the pastor of Harvest Baptist Church in Ovid. Adams said her mother-in-law was passionate about her Christian faith and her family. Her final...
  • Assembly leader dated figure in funeral scandal

    10/10/2013 7:38:32 AM PDT · by GSWarrior · 21 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | 10/9/13 | Lance Williams
    For more than a year, Assembly Speaker John Pérez dated a Hollywood funeral director who faces fraud allegations in one of the biggest financial scandals to rock the U.S. funeral industry. During their relationship, Pérez, a Los Angeles Democrat, mixed political business with his personal life in ways that showed poor judgment, ethics experts say. A Pérez spokesman said the lawmaker conducted himself appropriately during a casual dating relationship. Tyler Cassity, proprietor of a boutique cemetery called Hollywood Forever as well as a Mill Valley cemetery, and defendant in a $600 million fraud lawsuit in his native Missouri, accompanied Pérez...
  • Saturday ceremony at cemetery will honor 35 vets

    10/04/2013 7:45:12 AM PDT · by SandRat
    SIERRA VISTA — The drive to find military veterans who have died and fell through society’s cracks, leaving them without final military honors, continues. At 1 p.m. on Saturday the cremated remains of 35 veterans, and the wife of one of them, will be placed in columbaria niches at the Southern Arizona Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery off of Buffalo Soldier Trail in Serra Vista. Cemetery Administrator Joe Larson said honoring the 35, who served in War World II, the Korean War and Vietnam War, as well as during the Vietnam era and peacetime, will mean they bring the total of Missing...
  • US shutdown closes Cambridgeshire (UK) cemetery

    10/03/2013 8:20:22 AM PDT · by tellw · 18 replies
    ITV ^ | 10/3/13 | anonymous
    An iconic Cambridgeshire cem­e­tery has been closed to members of the public as a result of the US government's shutdown. Around 3,800 US military personnel are buried at the American Cemetery at Madingley, and the site attracts thousands of visitors every year. However, tourists are now being turned away after funding was cut amid the on-going dispute between President Obama and the Republicans in Washington. The cemetery has subsequently been closed until further notice.
  • Anyone Have Info On "Aunt Flossie" Funeral [Vanity]

    08/16/2013 3:53:28 PM PDT · by Lmo56
    self | 8/16/13 | self
    There was a scroll on Fox News the other day concerning the funeral of "Aunt Flossie" [spelling?] at Arlington National Cemetery ... Didn't get a chance to see the story - and can't Google it ... Any help?
  • Jacksonville teen went to Middle East to train with terrorists, prosecutors say

    07/19/2013 12:20:42 AM PDT · by Cindy · 10 replies
    (AP) via MyFOXtampabay.com ^ | July 18, 2013 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "The U.S. Attorney's Office in Tampa announced Thursday that a grand jury has indicted Shelton Thomas Bell, 19, of Jacksonville, on charges of conspiring and attempting to provide material support to terrorists. He faces up to 15 years in prison for each of the two charges. According to the indictment, Bell had planned to travel to the Arabian Peninsula and join Ansar Al-Sharia, which is an alias for al-Qaida there. The group has taken responsibility for multiple attacks on Yemeni forces, including a suicide bombing during a parade in May 2012, which killed more than 100 Yemeni soldiers. The...
  • Unknown dead buried with reverence at Catholic cemetery

    06/06/2013 7:10:43 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Denver, Colo., Jun 6, 2013 / 02:02 am (CNA).- At the Archdiocese of Denver's Mount Olivet Cemetery, no person is buried without prayers being said over them – even those whose identities are a mystery. “Sometimes we don't even know the person’s name; they could come to us as a John Doe,” Llyod Swint, assistant director of Cemeteries and Mortuaries for the Denver archdiocese, told CNA June 4. “We’ll offer prayers for the repose of their souls, for the forgiveness of their sins, their deliverance into the arms of Christ.” Because Mount Olivet and the Archdiocese mortuary are on the...
  • Time capsule discovered in historic Green-Wood cemetery (Brooklyn NY)

    01/26/2013 7:41:36 AM PST · by NYer · 13 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | January 23, 2013 | REUVEN BLAU
    Retired Brooklyn College professor Anthony Cucchiara There are more than just dead bodies buried in Green-Wood cemetery. A construction worker last week discovered a time capsule filled with historic books hidden inside a wall of the landmark cemetery’s crematorium. The weathered metal box entitled “Green-Wood 1838-1954” was likely squirreled away in the wall in 1954 and included six books detailing the history of the 478-acre cemetery. “It's exciting to know that people in 1954 wanted to leave something in terms of the cemetery legacy for us to find,” said cemetery historian Jeff Richman. Retired Brooklyn College Professor Anthony Cucchiara,...
  • Old Headstones From 19th Century Cemetery Used To Prevent Erosion (govt worker condones)

    12/25/2012 12:57:08 PM PST · by PghBaldy · 26 replies
    CBS Philly ^ | December 22 | Steve Tawa
    ...Delaware River Port Authority’s Tim Ireland says the bodies of the deceased were moved elsewhere and the grave markers were deliberately left behind. “These are not stones that are looking for loved ones. These are basically just pieces of granite that were left behind,” Ireland explains.
  • Anoka: Woman found dead in cemetery

    12/23/2012 4:46:38 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 30 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 12-23-12 | Emily Cutts
    woman was found dead in an Anoka cemetery Saturday, Dec. 22. Anoka Police responded to reports of an unresponsive woman inside Forest Hills Cemetery, 2400 Forest Ave., just after 9 a.m. When police arrived, they found the 57-year-old woman dead, according to the Anoka County sheriff's office. There were no signs of foul play. Police are calling it a "medical event."
  • 'Alien' Skulls Excavated in Mexico Deliberately Warped, Scientists Say

    12/23/2012 9:07:44 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 21, 2012 | Charles Choi
    <p>Human skulls deliberately warped into strange, alien-like shapes have been unearthed in a 1,000-year-old cemetery in Mexico, researchers say.</p> <p>The practice of deforming skulls of children as they grew was common in Central America, and these findings suggest the tradition spread farther north than had been thought, scientists added.</p>
  • Shamed Facebook poster loses her job

    11/21/2012 8:20:46 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 121 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | November 21, 2012 | Jessica Heslam
    Lindsey Stone — the Plymouth woman taking an online beating for posting a photo of herself flipping the bird at Arlington National Cemetery on Facebook — has lost her job. “Lindsey resigned and we accepted her resignation,” LIFE Inc. CEO Diane Enochs told the Herald tonight. LIFE Inc. of Hyannis — a Cape Cod nonprofit that helps adults with special needs — announced tonight that Stone, along with the woman who snapped the offending photo, are not working there. Ironically, the formal announcement was made on Facebook.
  • Hartford Jewish Community Attacked - 50 Gravestones Damaged

    10/23/2012 11:18:57 AM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 11 replies
    Israel News Agency / Google News ^ | October 22, 2012 | Joel Leyden
    Hartford Jewish Community Attacked - 50 Gravestones DamagedBy Joel Leyden Israel News AgencyHartford, Ct --- October 22, 2012 ... Over 40 gravestones were turned over and vandalized in a Jewish cemetery in Hartford, Ct. The cemetery, which had no security, was attacked over the weekend. The Hartford Police Department’s Major Crimes Division has begun an investigation into the vandalism at the Congregational Israel cemetery, according to Police Chief James C. Rovella. Police suspect that this was a hate crime which may very well be anti-semitism. The superintendent of the Congregation Israel cemetery located at the corner of Waverly Street and...
  • QR Codes For Headstones Keep Dearly Departed Close

    10/01/2012 5:14:48 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 25 replies
    NPR ^ | September 29, 2012 | Elizabeth Fiedler
    Lorie Miller bends over her grandparents' grave in north Philadelphia. She holds a two-inch brass square she's going to attach next to the headstone's names and dates. Printed onto that square is a QR code — that square digital bar code you can scan with a smartphone. Miller peels off the back of her square to expose the adhesive and pushes it into place. The headstone, which otherwise looks the same as many others around it, has just jumped into the modern age. Miller hopes other grieving families will do the same. She and her husband, Rick, are launching a...
  • US military buries airmen killed in 1965 crash

    07/10/2012 6:05:39 AM PDT · by moonshot925 · 3 replies
    Associated Press/Yahoo News ^ | 9 July 2012 | MATTHEW BARAKAT
    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Ever since Sherrie Hassenger's husband went missing with five other U.S. airmen over Laos in 1965, her purpose has been to wish and to hope he would come home. When those men's remains were buried in a single casket Monday at Arlington National Cemetery, she said, some of that purpose was taken away. "All I listen to is '50s, '60s music," she said. "When I saw those Air Force men in those dress blues, just like back then, I just wanted to go up and hug them and kiss them. It felt like maybe I could...
  • Do you have any family members KIA?

    05/28/2012 9:58:35 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 26 replies
    My grandfather is buried at Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery in France. Private James Henry Barnett. His unit was Company C, 128th Infantry Regiment, 32nd Infantry Division Born on December 3, 1893 and was killed on October 17, 1918. He was 24 years old. An average of 530 Americans were killed a day during the Battle of the Meuse-Argonne Forest. Lest we forget.
  • Connecticut Jewish Woman Suing over Burial of Gentile in her Congregation’s Cemetery

    05/10/2012 12:22:39 PM PDT · by olcurmudgeon · 14 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | May 5, 2012 | Jewish Press News Briefs
    The AP reports that a trial is set to begin in the case of a Connecticut Jewish woman who sued her congregation because a black woman had been buried in the interfaith section of their cemetery. Maria Balaban’s lawsuit will go to trial Tuesday in New London Superior Court. She is demanding that the remains of Jamaica-born Juliet Steer be exhumed and removed from Congregation Ahavath Achim’s cemetery in Colchester. The 73-year-old Balaban argues that the congregation broke the rule against burying gentiles in a Jewish cemetery when it allowed Steer’s burial in an interfaith section of the cemetery in...
  • New Jersey Cemetery Using Thousands Of Solar Panels To Power Mausoleum

    05/03/2012 12:04:59 PM PDT · by Bubba_Leroy · 9 replies
    CBSNewsNY ^ | May 2, 2012 | Staff
    Cemeteries and solar panels are two things that aren’t usually mentioned in the same sentence. But one New Jersey cemetery finds it necessary to make that connection. Nearly 100,000 people are buried at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in East Hanover, New Jersey. But each year more and more people are choosing this bright, airy mausoleum as their final resting place. “The lighting and the music is beautiful,” Jeannie Harper of Towaco told CBS 2′s Elise Finch. “It’s a change from outside” “I feel hopefulness and the sense of eternal life when I come in here,” Susan Allender of West...
  • Friday ceremony to honor unclaimed veterans’ remains

    04/19/2012 3:14:42 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    Another group of unclaimed veterans’ remains will be placed in a columbaria at the Southern Arizona Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery during a 1 p.m. ceremony Friday. It will the third placing of unclaimed remains, some whom were homeless or indigent veterans, headed by the Missing In America Project. Bob Day, the Arizona M.I.A.P. state coordinator said, “Similar to no man left behind in battle, we believe no veteran should be forgotten and that each deserves to be laid to rest with honor to acknowledge his or her contributions to our freedom.” The Friday event will begin in Tucson where the cremains...
  • 80+ Tombstones Damaged At Downtown Greenville Cemetery

    12/19/2011 7:30:26 PM PST · by SantosLHalper · 7 replies
    wyff4.com ^ | December 15, 2011 | wyff4.com
    GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Vandals have hit the Springwood Cemetery in Downtown Greenville. Officials say the vandalism happened sometime Wednesday night. They said more than 80 tombstones were either knocked down or cracked. Read more: http://www.wyff4.com/news/30004738/detail.html#ixzz1h2bN3OWn
  • A View to Die For – 32 Story High Rise Cemetery

    12/17/2011 3:10:35 PM PST · by NYer · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | December 16, 2011 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    It is no surprise to learn that, as land values continue to rise, space for cemeteries gets scarce. I have seen more and more mausoleums be built at the local cemeteries, and they are getting taller as the years go on. But the picture to the right really takes the concept to new heights! The picture is The Memorial NecrĂłpole EcumĂŞnica III, a vertical cemetery in Santos, Brazil. It is the worldÂ’s tallest cemetery, with burial spaces on 32 floors. ThereÂ’s also a restaurant, chapel, lagoon and peacock garden. It has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in...
  • THE CREEPIEST, SCARIEST PLACE OF EARTH! (Not a joke)

    10/31/2011 4:42:08 PM PDT · by patriot08 · 57 replies · 2+ views
    THE CREEPIEST, SCARIEST PLACE ON EARTH (not a joke) Pčre Lachaise Cemetery Paris France In Pictures... The grave of American Jim Morrison, the most iconic frontmen in rock music history, draws the most visitors. His ghost and the ghosts of others are frequently reported at Pčre Lachaise. ______________________________________ Pčre Lachaise virtual tour Virtual Tour Video- A walk through of the most famous cemetery in the world HERE Today, the Cimetičre du Pčre Lachaise is home to "permanent Parisians"--and a sprinkling of foreigners--from all walks of life, with graves and tombs organized neatly into 97 divisions that are separated by...
  • Amazing pic of bald eagle 'standing watch' over military cemetery

    09/28/2011 3:49:02 PM PDT · by Free Vulcan · 10 replies
    Facebook ^ | 9.28.11 | Unknown
  • There Will Be No More References To God At Houston Veteran’s Cemetery, Not Spoken Or Written

    07/06/2011 6:27:01 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 54 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 07-06-11 | Skookum
    Arleen Ocascio, director of the VA cemetery in Houston, has decided to take the Marxist Revolution a step further and has decreed that there will be no references to God or Jesus and that all ceremonies must be written and submitted to her for pre-approval. Obviously, this low level bureaucrat has decided Obama's Revolution is stalled and she must pick up the standard and impose her will on the veterans who come to the cemetery to bury their loved ones. According to her, there will be no mention of a Christian or Jewish God at future ceremonies, she has spoken...
  • Man Suspected in Pentagon Terror Scare Identified

    06/17/2011 10:16:26 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 20 replies · 2+ views
    ABC News ^ | 6/17/11 | PIERRE THOMAS, RICHARD ESPOSITO and LEE FERRAN
    Sources told ABC News a backpack in Melaku's possession contained a package labeled ammonium nitrate as well as spent firearm ammunition. Ammonium nitrate, a common fertilizer, can be used in explosives. The FBI later said despite the label, the backpack presented no immediate threat. A search of Melaku's nearby car also found no potential devices. Law enforcement sources said Melaku does not appear to have known ties to any terror organization. In addition to his arrest today, Melaku already faces pending charges in Loudoun County, Virginia, for a rash of vehicle break-ins, police said.
  • CA: Environmental groups concerned about Forest Lawn's plan to clear trees

    06/17/2011 11:35:01 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 6/17/11 | Louis Sahagun
    A proposal to replace 835 oak, sycamore and walnut trees with 199,000 new interment spaces at a prominent Hollywood Hills cemetery near Griffith Park is at the heart of a controversy over the future of what little remains of the Los Angeles area's undeveloped wildlife habitat. Forest Lawn Memorial-Parks & Mortuaries wants to develop 120 acres of its grounds because its existing expanse of carefully manicured lawns has nearly run out of room for interments in grassy havens with names like "Ascending Dawn" and "Vale of Hope." On Wednesday, as families in mourning gathered around grave sites overlooking the San...
  • June 4, 1914 Dedication of Arlington Monument

    06/04/2011 2:36:09 PM PDT · by BigReb555 · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | June 4, 2011 | Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.
    Did you know there are 245,000 service men and women, including their families, buried at Arlington?
  • What a R.I.P.-off!: This grave was meant for his wife, but they put someone else in it

    04/24/2011 3:30:10 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 22 replies
    NY Post ^ | April 24, 2011 | KATHIANNE BONIELLO
    Her grave was robbed. A Brooklyn family was devastated to find their long-dead father lying next to a stranger at Washington Cemetery -- in the same plot their mother purchased years ago for her future resting place. Klara Tranis, 84, spent $3,200 on side-by-side plots in Section 5 of the city's largest Jewish cemetery in Midwood back in 1987, when her beloved husband of 42 years, Wolf Tranis, died at 59.
  • Bodies Stacked 8 Deep At Cemetery (Chicago)

    02/18/2011 2:17:18 PM PST · by edpc · 28 replies
    CBS2 Chicago ^ | 18 Feb 2011 | CBS2 Chicago
    CHICAGO (CBS) – Cook County sheriff’s officials have found bodies stacked on top of each other – some buried eight at a time — at a south suburban cemetery. As CBS 2’s Susanna Song reports, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart says Homewood Memorial Gardens, at 600 Ridge Rd. in Homewood, desecrated the bodies of people who couldn’t afford to purchase burial plots.
  • Bones delay Blue Island stadium (Chicago suburban)

    01/18/2011 9:44:53 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 6 replies
    Southtown Star Chicago ^ | Jan 18, 2011 | Steve Metsch
    Bones delay Blue Island stadium By Steve Metsch smetsch@southtownstar.com Jan 18, 2011 02:31AM Blue Island Park District Commissioner John Spizzirri isn’t joking when he calls the hill at Blue Island’s Memorial Park, “Curse Hill.” Over the past year, the construction of a new stadium there has been delayed by weather, building woes and, yes, bones. Human bones. “We didn’t find any full skeletons,” said park board president Fred Bilotto. “It’s all pieces. A femur here. A rib there.” Construction workers discovered the bones in September while excavating for the foundation of a new football stadium at the park. When the...
  • At cemetery, U.S. heroes not forgotten for holidays Nearly 1,400 graves are adorned with wreaths

    12/12/2010 7:56:26 AM PST · by SandRat · 11 replies
    Buena High School JROTC cadets place wreaths at grave markers on Saturday. (Ty Holland • For the Herald/Review) SIERRA VISTA — A year ago, when just 242 holiday wreaths were laid on the graves of veterans in Sierra Vista, a group of local women thought those who served this country deserved better, and they decided to do something about it. On Saturday morning, each and every one of the nearly 1,400 graves at the Southern Arizona Veterans Memorial Cemetery was adorned with a touch of red and green as a result of their effort.
  • Army launches probe over Arlington National Cemetery remains (8 bodies in one grave)

    12/03/2010 7:34:24 AM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12/03/10 | Jade Walker
    Army launches probe over Arlington National Cemetery remainsBy Jade Walker – 1 hr 51 mins ago The U.S. Army has opened a criminal investigation at Arlington National Cemetery after the cremated remains of eight people were dumped into a single grave, The Washington Post reported. The urns were discovered last October in a grave site marked "Unknown," even though cemetery records showed that only one set of remains was to be buried there. Since then, Army investigators have positively identified three of the remains and notified the families, USA Today reported. Officials are still trying to identify the other remains....
  • Police Look for Link Between C4 Explosives in Manhatan Cemetery and Bizarre Note...

    10/11/2010 3:07:35 PM PDT · by Cindy · 30 replies
    NY DAILY NEWS.com ^ | Originally Published:Monday, October 11th 2010, 1:23 PM;Updated: Monday, October 11th 2010, 5:10 PM | BY ROCCO PARASCANDOLA AND HELEN KENNEDY
    "Police look for link between C4 explosives in Manhattan cemetery and bizarre note found nearby" SNIPPET: "Eight blocks of the plastic, military-grade explosive, formally known as Composition 4, were found in a black plastic garbage bag just inside Marble Cemetery, on E. Second St." SNIPPET: "The explosives were buried near the back wall of the old cemetery, and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said "you could reasonably glean from that that it was put there to threaten any structure" on the other side. The back wall of the cemetery abuts some brownstones and is about 100 feet from the notorious E...
  • 92-year-old robbed in Prospect Hill Cemetery gets wallet back (Marlet Spangler)

    10/02/2010 6:20:44 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 5 replies
    York Daily Record ^ | 10/02/2010 11:14:21 AM EDT | JASON PLOTKIN
    Marlet Spangler was robbed while visiting his wife's graveyard. Marlet Spangler's wife, Norma, died seven years ago at 81. Spangler, 92, misses her and just about every day, he drives to Prospect Hill Cemetery in Manchester Township to visit her grave. He usually spends a few minutes visiting her and then, he said, "he walks around looking at the graves, you know, monkeying around." On Wednesday, just after noon, he was at his wife's grave when he heard a car pull up near his car. A moment later, a man in his late 20s or early 30s, had pulled a...
  • Army Works to Right Wrongs at Arlington, Secretary Says

    06/30/2010 1:04:37 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies
    WASHINGTON, June 30, 2010 – The Army is taking every measure possible to fix the problems at Arlington National Cemetery, and it should continue to manage the nation’s “most hallowed ground,” Army Secretary John M. McHugh told a congressional committee today. The top two officials in charge of cemetery were disciplined earlier this month after an Army investigation found the cemetery’s management to be dysfunctional. “For 146 years, the Army has proudly served in the administration of this hallowed ground,” McHugh told the House Armed Services Committee. “Clearly, we lost that commitment and that record of success. I want to...
  • Arlington Cemetery Fields Phone Calls From Worried Families

    06/22/2010 12:44:23 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 1+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden, USA
    WASHINGTON, June 22, 2010 – Officials at Arlington National Cemetery have established a special call center to address concerns worried family members may have about the potential mishandling of their loved ones’ remains. Family members with concerns can call 703-607-8199 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT. The call center opened June 11, a day after Army Secretary John M. McHugh announced the findings of a months-long investigation into the cemetery’s records management. The report noted at least 200 cases of improper internment of remains, including lost accountability for remains, names and graves listed as empty. More...
  • The lesson of a Jewish cemetery

    06/17/2010 9:35:47 AM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies · 393+ views
    mcleans.ca ^ | 6/17/10 | MARK STEYN
    Thanks to the wonders of globalization, I’m writing this in a fairly decrepit salon de thé off the rue de la Liberté in Tangiers, enjoying a coffee and a stale croissant grilled and flattened into a panini. What could be more authentically Moroccan? For some reason, the napkins are emblazoned with “Gracias por su visita.” Through a blizzard of flies, I can just about make out the plasma TV up in the corner on which Jimmy Carter, dubbed into Arabic, is denouncing Israel. Al Jazeera doesn’t so much cover the Zionist Entity as feast on it, hour after hour, without...
  • DISGRACE AT ARLINGTON

    06/11/2010 5:44:24 AM PDT · by shortstop · 19 replies · 865+ views
    boblonsberry.com ^ | 06/11/10 | Bob Lonsberry
    You haven’t been to America until you’ve walked the hillsides of Arlington. On the Virginia side of the Potomac, in the capital of our nation, where heroes lie row upon row. It is one of the most stirring and sacred places in our country. The despoiled farm of a Confederate general, hallowed by those buried in its soil, it is a place of the heart. Presidents are buried there, and generals and admirals, and the common soldiers and sailors of the last 150 years. The precision of the guards at the Tomb of the Unknowns, the green of the grass...
  • Arlington Cemetery Officials Punished for Poor Management

    06/10/2010 7:48:54 PM PDT · by SandRat · 12 replies · 415+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden, USA
    WASHINGTON, June 10, 2010 – The top two officials in charge of Arlington National Cemetery here were disciplined after an Army investigation found the cemetery’s management to be “dysfunctional,” Army Secretary John M. McHugh announced today at the Pentagon. Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh announces at a June 10, 2010, Pentagon press conference that in light of findings of inappropriate practices and mismanagement at Arlington National Cemetery, he is relieving the cemetery’s current superintendent and deputy superintendent of their duties and placing Kathryn Condon (right) in the newly created role of Executive Director of the Army National Cemeteries...
  • Army Fires Top Two Administrators Over Mismanagement of Arlington Cemetery

    06/10/2010 8:44:03 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 13 replies · 359+ views
    - June 10, 2010 Army Fires Top Two Administrators Over Mismanagement of Arlington Cemetery Army Secretary John McHugh has fired the top two officials overseeing Arlington National Cemetery over allegations of mismanagement, including burying a service member's body on top of another, Fox News has confirmed. fox news Army Secretary John McHugh has fired the top two officials overseeing Arlington National Cemetery over allegations of mismanagement, including burying a service member's body on top of another, Fox News has confirmed. McHugh will announce Thursday that he is replacing Arlington National's superintendent, John Metzler, and his deputy, Thurman Higgenbotham, who had...
  • Carthage Cemetery Honors World War II Fallen

    05/31/2010 8:12:11 PM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies · 420+ views
    CARTHAGE, Tunisia, May 30, 2010 – Less than a mile from the 2,000-year-old ruins of ancient Carthage, Tunisian groundskeepers worked under a bright Mediterranean sun to prepare for Memorial Day observances to honor the 2,841 Americans buried here, as well as the thousands more who gave their lives in the North Africa campaigns of World War II that laid the bloody groundwork for the Allied liberation of Europe. Abdallah Lagahre, a Tunisian stone mason, refreshes gold leaf lettering on the gravestone of Medal of Honor recipient Army Pvt. Nicholas Minue at the North Africa American Cemetery in Carthage, Tunisia, May...
  • Troops Put ‘Flags In’ at Arlington Cemetery

    05/28/2010 4:33:38 PM PDT · by SandRat · 12 replies · 476+ views
    WASHINGTON, May 27, 2010 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today met with more than 40 members of the 3rd. U.S. Infantry, The Old Guard, at Arlington National Cemetery, as they finished placing American flags on each of the graves in Section 60 of the cemetery. Video With flags in hand, members of the Army's Old Guard march out to their assigned sections during the “Flags In” ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., May 27, 2010. More than 1,500 servicemembers, Old Guard and other ceremonial units gathered for the sacred ritual that marks the start of the Memorial Day...
  • Muslims want Islamic cemeteries in every canton

    03/15/2010 4:05:04 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 16 replies · 486+ views
    Swiss Info ^ | March 14, 2010
    An umbrella group for Swiss Muslims says they should be able to be buried “with dignity” and is therefore calling for Islamic cemeteries in every Swiss canton. Farhad Afshar, president of the Coordination of Islamic Organisations in Switzerland, told the Sunday newspaper Sonntag he was preparing a legal case concerning freedom of religion.
  • Eager Scout's patriotic project (Eagle Scout Project)

    11/23/2009 5:24:51 PM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies · 786+ views
    George Watkins worked through the weekend on his Eagle Scout project. His project was to place pavers that were donated as a fundraiser for the Historical Soldiers Memorial Cemetery section at the Southern Arizona Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Sierra Vista. He placed more than 4,000 pavers, a job that took two days to complete with the assistance of several Scouts and adult leaders. Photo by Mark Levy, Herald/Review