Bedford’s Cemeteries are Ready for Memorial Day 2017

Hundreds of flags mark the graves of Veterans interred at Shawsheen Cemetery – Image (c) JMcCT, 2017 all rights reserved

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Hundreds of flags dot one of the newer sections at Shawsheen Cemetery – Image (c) JMcCT, 2017 all rights reserved – Click to view larger image

Bedford will celebrate Memorial Day on Monday, May 29 – a day to honor those who have passed before us. To that end, the Grounds Crew under the leadership of Dennis Freeman has been hard at work preparing Bedford’s cemeteries, the Old Burying Ground on Springs Road and Shawsheen Cemetery at the corner of The Great Road and Shawsheen Road.

According to Freeman, more than 700 flags have been placed on Veterans’ graves at Shawsheen Cemetery and the Old Burying Ground to honor their service on Memorial Day.

Shawsheen Cemetery’s New Cremation Garden

Construction for the new Ridge Cremation Garden was begun more than a year ago. It is now a well-groomed lawn, with benches and very young trees around its perimeter, ready to accommodate 300 small plots, each with space for four urns. Another new section, the Ridge, is laid out with sites for 200 single caskets.

Below: Transformation at the Ridge Cremation Garden. At the left, the ground being prepared in 2016, and at the right, the Garden today. Double click each image to see it at full size

Veterans’ Row

Dozens of flags mark Veterans’ Row

Civil War Monuments

Shawsheen Cemetery opened in 1849; its oldest monuments recall Civil War Veterans

Bedford seeks to “preserve the [cemetery’s] historical heritage and serene atmospheres for families and loved ones while also providing professional burial services for present and future generations.”  To learn more about burial at Shawsheen Cemetery, contact the Cemetery Division of the Bedford Department of Public Works by calling 781-275-7605.


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