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IN MEMORY

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Cemetery Board focuses on honoring and remembering

By Will Phillips

By Will Phillips

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In an attempt to reconnect with their roots, Eminence Cemetery is hosting its annual Memorial Day Celebration Sunday, May 25 at 2 p.m. Ted Bates, Chairman of the board for the cemetery, said that he believes this event will help not only the cemetery, but also the community in Eminence.

“This event is terribly important,” Bates said. “[The public] tends to take for granted that someone will step up and serve our country, and those that do make a commitment and a sacrifice for this country. We need to honor those who are living and memorialize those who are dead.”

The current cemetery board, formed in 2011 after the dissolution of the previous board, has made it a mission to beautify the cemetery and, as Bates said, “bring it back to its dignity and beauty.” Among other things, the board has uprooted 19 dead trees, planting 13 new trees in their place. They have also made an effort to repair broken tombstones and are now beginning to focus on fixing the discoloration of some grave markers.

In addition to serving the community as a recognition of Memorial Day, Bates hopes that the celebration will showcase the cemetery’s new look.

“[We] wanted to call attention to the improvements and needs,” he said. He added that the improvements are ongoing and that fundraising has been their primary method of payment. Bates said that he feels as though events like this, “fills a need for veterans,” in our community in addition to showcasing the cemetery.

The event is open to the public and will feature speaker former Kentucky Representative Ken Lucas, who now serves as the commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veteran Affairs. There will also be tents and chairs provided for the comfort of those attending.

For any questions, Bates can be reached 859 266 7639. In addition, he said that Martha Hall, the cemetery’s treasurer, can be reached at 502-321-2829.