Honor our Heros!
Please come honor our hometown heroes on Memorial Day. Why do we celebrate this day? In 1919, President Wilson designated Nov 11th, the day of the armistice between the allies and Germany, as “Armistice Day” to commemorate the veterans of The Great War, later called World War I. In 1929, Congress declared Armistice Day a legal holiday, and in 1954, changed the name to Veteran’s Day to honor all veterans who have served our nation.
St. Mary’s Cemetery occupies an oblong plot between Royal and Washington Streets, bounded on the north by St. Mary’s School and on the south by the busy Interstate I-95 approach to the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. In spite of the throb of modern life and activity that surrounds it, a walk among the graves, some ancient, some new, transcends time. Dating from the founding of the parish in 1795, it is the oldest Catholic cemetery in Virginia. William Thorton Alexander deeded the land to St. Mary’s Catholic Church in 1803.
St. Mary’s Cemetery is the resting place of veterans that have served in the French and Indian War, Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War, WWI, WWII, Korean War, Vietnam, and the Cold War. The earliest marked grave is Private Lawrence Hurdle who served in the Revolutionary War. However, historians have documented the burials of Revolutionary War veterans Caven Boa, Francis Ignatius Hagen, and Pierre La Croix, who also fought in the French and Indian War.
Royal Street Entrance
When: Saturday, Nov 7th @ 9:00am
Where: St. Mary’s Cemetery
Uniform: Scout Uniform
Bring: Screwdriver or rod to make a hole for flags
Please arrive by 9am. The gate on Royal Street should be open. If the gate isn't open please check the Washington Street entrance.
Cemetery sections will be divided by Dens.