Visit a Cemetery Day
Sunday October 27th 2013 is "Visit a Cemetery Day"
Eternal Rest
Live so that when the final summons comes you will leave something more behind you than an epitaph on a tombstone or an obituary in a newspaper. -Billy Sunday
Lester Bites Back
Lester C. Madden, who died in 1983, enjoyed the movie Jaws so much that he had his headstone, in Pittsburgh's Allegheny County Cemetery, made to reflect his passion for the film.
The Future Tomb of Nicholas Cage
Despite the fact that Nicolas Cage lost all his European castles in the high-stakes game of not paying your taxes, he still had enough money to buy himself this 9-foot tall giant Louvre-styled tomb in New Orleans for future use.
Breaking Out!
Georges Rodenbach a 19th century poet, is buried at the Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, France. He wanted his monument to depict him rising out of his tomb with a rose in his hand.
Barbara Sue Manire Expired
Barbara Sue Manire from Oklahoma always joked about having a parking meter at her grave side. Her family honored her wishes.
Cemetery Art
The lives of the deceased come to life on tombstones in this cemetery, located in the Pimentel District of the province Chiclayo in Peru. Families decorate each niche so that it tells a story of some aspect of the deceased's life.
Someone was here
These monuments which were first used by the Inuit people have spread across North America. The traditional meaning of the inukshuk is Someone was here.
A deer is seen sleeping beside a grave in a cemetery.
Am American Airlines flight passes over an American cemetery.
Sometimes, in accidents, and other unfortunate circumstances, the deceased are not able to be identified. This leaves an eternal mystery, and epitaphs such as this one.
Cemetery Rules
Cemeteries sometimes have humorous signs. No camels or elephants allowed in this cemetery!
The fantastic view of a cemetery in Tokyo, Japan.
Jack Crowell owned the last wooden clothespin manufacturing factory in the United States. He originally wanted a real spring in the clothespin so that children could play on it. He is buried in Middlesex Center Cemetery in Middlesex, VT W.
Husband and wife's life together
After John Milburn's wife Sarah died in 1930, John wanted to be rid of all his money. He commissioned an elaborate series of statues of himself and his wife in various scenes of their lives together for her grave. The sculptures, in Mount Hope Cemetery in Hiawatha, Kansas cost $200,000.
An oxymoron
A living room above the dead.
A Golf Lover's Tombstone
For the golf lover.
What a great epitaph.
Jerry had a sense of humor!
Under the 8-ball.
John Aring loved a great game of pool.
This tombstone is located in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Vicksburg, Mississippi, USA. If you visit this cemetery at midnight and touch one of the 88 keys, the piano will start playing.
Docked for eternity.
H. H. (Bill) Anger, (b. 1915 d. 1990) was a pioneer in the Englewood fishing industry, which accounts for his unusually shaped gravesite. His tombstone is placed inside the concrete boat, complete with steering pedestal and wheel, which is moored to two posts.
Arnold, a prankster in life, arranged to have his tomb marked on either side by antique parking meters, with their dials set to EXPIRED. He got the idea when in Hicksville, Ohio, Archie backed over two parking meters. After paying for their replacements, he asked the Sheriff if he could have the damaged meters. He took them home, put new pipes on for the stands, painted them black, welded the coin slot so it couldn't be changed, and modified his will. He stated that upon his death, one was to be placed on each end of his monument.
Fernand Arbelot .jpg
Fernand Arbelot was a musician and actor who died in 1990 and was buried in the Pere Lachaise cemetery. He wished to gaze at the face of his wife for eternity.
Have a drink on me!
Have a drink on me!
This is a sculpture called "Rubicon," as in "Crossing the Rubicon" which is a metaphor for passing a point of no return, which is certainly apt for a gravestone. It was commission by Sam Tarlton before he died on March 12, 2009 and was created by Paris Alexander. He rests in Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh, NC.
Adding some muscle to this cemetery in Guelph, Ontario.
These cremation urns are located in Den Bosch Cemetery, The Netherlands.
The grave of Nancy Barnett sits smack in the middle of Hill's Camp Road, a country road about 20 miles south of Indianapolis.
Actor Bela Lugosi was buried in one of his vampire capes. At the time of his death he was so poor and his family could not to pay for his burial so Frank Sinatra quietly picked up the cost of the funeral.
Music was his life.
Working for eternity.
Tombstone Truth
Truer words never engraved.
Truths in epitaphs.
This Harley-Davidson tombstone doesn't belong to anyone yet, but it sure is neat.
Grave of a Catholic woman and her Protestant husband. The Protestant Colonel of Cavalry, JWC of Gorkum married the Catholic damsel JCPH of Aefferden.
An eternal dancer.
All Souls Day. The night from 1st to 2nd of November in Lithuanian cemeteries... love this celebration of lives that were lived.jpeg
All Souls Day. The night from 1st to 2nd of November in Lithuanian cemeteries... love this celebration of lives that were lived
Edgar Allan Poe's Headstone Westminster Burying Ground, Baltimore.jpeg
Edgar Allan Poe's Headstone Westminster Burying Ground, Baltimore
Nineteenth century graveyards sometimes included carved chairs for the comfort of visitors. In this function, the object was known as a mourning chair, and cemeteries have since provided, benches for similar purposes, most often movable units of the type used in parks, but also specimens in the tradition of the carved chairs.
Water fountain tombstone.
An excellent example of personalization.
headstones (17th : 18th C.) arranged to form a circle around a tree in the kirkyard of St. Mary's Parish Kirk, Monymusk, Aberdeenshire..jpeg
Headstones (17th : 18th C.) arranged to form a circle around a tree in the kirkyard of St. Mary's Parish Kirk, Monymusk, Aberdeenshire.
Underwater monument created in 2000 to mark the Tazacote martytrs, a slaughter of 40 monks by pirates in 1570 off La Palma Isle, Canaries..jpeg
Underwater monument created in 2000 to mark the Tazacote martytrs, a slaughter of 40 monks by pirates in 1570 off La Palma Isle, Canaries.
A scrabble lover!
Literally translated from French as Cemetery of the Dogs, the beautiful Cimetière des Chiens sits just outside of Paris, France and is allegedly the oldest pet cemetery in the world.

The 3RD annual "Visit a Cemetery Day" takes place on October 27, 2013 at your local cemetery.

October, it's the time of year that has long been associated with remembering and commemorating the dead; from Hallowe'en to el Dia de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead), and the holidays of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day. It's a time when the beautiful autumn scenery presents a final burst of color before winter descends.

In celebration of October's rituals of remembrance,, International Memorialization Supplier Organization (IMSA), Kates-Boylston Publications and American Cemetery Magazine are proud to announce the third annual "Visit a Cemetery Day" on Sunday, October 27, 2013 - a day marked to commemorate the history and traditions of everyone's local community cemetery.

No one knows for sure, but there are hundreds of thousands of cemeteries in North America including those in use, those forgotten and small family cemeteries scattered from sea to sea and each one is filled with hundreds of stories of the lives once lived that now lie beneath the headstones and monuments.

For centuries, cemeteries have been recognized for their architecture, the artistry of headstones, serene park-like setting and atmosphere of tranquility, and now with the second annual "Visit a Cemetery Day" we encourage everyone to come together and show their support for the historical and social importance cemeteries have in their community. Not only are cemeteries the best place to learn about the history of one's community, they are also a place where people can trace their ancestry through the centuries, embrace the celebration of life and learn about the people who have shaped their communities.

On Sunday, October 27, 2013, be sure to visit your local cemetery, whether to bring flowers, wreaths or other tributes to the final resting places of family members and friends; take a quiet walk along the paths, read a book, photograph tombstones and mausoleums, or study the engravings of tombstones - "Visit a Cemetery Day" isn't just a day to commemorate those who came before us, but a day to carry on the ritual of remembrance.

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Invite friends or family members and bring your camera so you can share pictures of the most interesting headstones located in your area with We will post them on our Facebook Page and in our photo album. We have also created a Cemetery Search activity for children that will help them discover the interesting history that can be found in a cemetery. You can click on the photo to download and print.

Tombstones, some eroded by time, elaborate mausoleums, sculpted angels and allegorical figures can now be found alongside photographic and interactive tombstones which combined can now give people an archival documentary of the evolution of human history, perceptions and emotions throughout the generations.

With cultural perceptions of death changing over the years, many people will find a new invigoration when visiting a cemetery. From the array of architectural monuments, row upon row of varied headstones and a rich history of the past, people can experience the satisfaction in reliving the excitement of long ago and celebrating the life we enjoy today.

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