“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13
You are invited on Memorial Day, May 28, 10:30 a.m. to the Annual Veterans Tributes and Masses at Calvary and Gate of Heaven Catholic Cemeteries. We are proud to join more than 1,000 Catholic Cemeteries, large and small, across our nation in participating in the celebration, “Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes,” developed by the Catholic Cemetery Conference four years ago.
Elizabeth Weatherly, Director of Cemeteries, Diocese of San Jose, stated, “We are honored to be participating in this program and are blessed to have the opportunity to celebrate the men and women who have sacrificed in order to defend the rights of all to freedom, justice and peace.”
Our prayers will include those who have served in the military, particularly who gave their lives in sacrifice for our country, current active military, and all our deceased loved ones. We will pray to God for the end to all violence and hostility so true peace may come into our world.
The Veterans Tributes will feature The National Anthem, prayer, speeches, lowering of the flag, wreath presentation at the Military Branch Flags, taps, and a tribute wall. Catholic Cemeteries is grateful to the many organizations who participate in the tributes and Masses: members of the Armed Services, Wreaths Across America, the American Legion, San Jose Veterans Center, Knights of Columbus, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, JROTC students, CISCO volunteers with Memorial Day Flowers Federation, local parish choirs, lay ministers, and diocesan youth and young adults.
Gate of Heaven Memorial Day Event: Veterans Tribute: 10:30 a.m. Outdoor Pavilion Area; Mass 11 a.m. Celebrant: Bishop Patrick J. McGrath.
Calvary Memorial Day Event: Veterans Tribute: 10:30 a.m. Main Parking Lot; Mass: 11 a.m. Celebrant: Reverend Michael Hendrickson
At Both Cemeteries: Please allow time to park. Tents and chairs will be provided.
History of Memorial Day
Memorial Day, or Declaration Day, was announced May 5, 1868, by General John Logan and was first observed May 30 of that year when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. Its purpose was to have a day to intentionally remember and honor all those who paid the ultimate price -their lives-in service to their country. Memorial Day rituals include placing flowers, flags and mementos on graves of loved ones, particularly veterans, and flying the U.S. flag at half-staff until noon. In December 2000, the “National Moment of Remembrance” resolution was passed which asks that a 3 p.m. local time all AmeFor the second year, CISCO volunteers have chosen Gate of Heaven Cemetery to place roses on over 2,000 graves in the Veterans Section along with two wreaths. CISCO has joined with Memorial Day Flowers Foundation, a national organization, dedicated to providing flowers for veterans’ gravesites in cemeteries across the United States.
ricans voluntarily and informally observe a moment of silence, remembering the true meaning of the day.
For more information, see our ad on the back page or contact (650) 549-6056 or visit catholiccemeteriesdsj.org.