After a week of contemplation as to whether or not I should write this letter, I am compelled to do so. It is concerning the condition of the Chewelah Memorial Gardens Cemetery over the Memorial Day holiday.
I, as many others who live in this town, have loved ones buried in this cemetery. When my husband and I went to place flowers on my first husband’s grave, we were appalled at the condition of the grounds. The grass was in great need of mowing, and dandelions were in abundance. Ted and I cleaned up Al’s grave, trimming around it and placed our flowers and flags. When I went back on June 2nd to remove the things I wanted to keep, it was obvious that no one from the city had been there to do any kind of maintenance at all. It was in the worst condition I have ever seen it in since I buried Al there in 2001.
What a shame that a cemetery that used to always look so beautiful was to be seen in such horrible condition—especially over Memorial day weekend. Most people wish to bury those they love in a place that they feel is well taken care of. I’m sure I was not the only one that was greatly saddened by this lack of care that I saw.
I pray I never have to see this cemetery in similar condition again.