Memorial Day Weekend Observances at Mount Olivet Cemetery

The Atzrodt family monument (above) is our feature photograph. The Atzrodt family monument marks the graves of the Atzrodt family and that of Harry Atzrodt, 1845-1938, who served during the Civil War for the Confederate Army.

On Memorial Day weekend two community observances will be held at the Mount Olivet Cemetery located at 725 Baltimore Street in Hanover, Pennsylvania.

SSGT Jeremy Redding 2015 event resizedOn Sunday, May 24 a ceremony at will be held at 1 PM in the cemetery for the 5th Annual SSGT Jeremy Redding Memorial Motorcycle Ride.  Donations will be accepted benefiting Pennsylvania’s Wounded Warriors.  Please contact Steve Redding at 717-451-5859 for more information.

Hanover’s annual Memorial Day Parade is scheduled for 8:30 AM on Monday, May 25. The Soldiers Monumentparade, which forms on Carlisle Street, will proceed through town onto Baltimore Street and end at Mount Olivet Cemetery.  Directly following the parade there will be a short ceremony at the Soldier’s Monument, located just inside the cemetery.

The Soldier’s Monument was erected about 1911.  Surrounding the monument is a cannon and the final resting place for several of the many Civil War soldiers.  The monument is one of many historic and unique reminders of past lives that lived and served our country.

 

Bringing the dead to life…

Soldiers Monument
The Soldiers Monument at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Hanover PA

When we bury the dead, the grave site is marked with a gravestone to memorialize people’s lives spent here on earth.  If the dead could talk to us, their life stories could fill a book.

In 1859 a vision became reality when a few men of the Hanover area built Mount Olivet Cemetery.  The history about the cemetery is recorded not only in newspapers and books, but on the monuments and gravestones, waiting to be interpreted.

Logo_Mount OlivetThe Friends of Mount Olivet Cemetery will research, share these stories, and preserve its history for future generations.  To learn more about the Friends of Mount Olivet Cemetery and how you can help, send a message to us at volunteer@mtolivetcemeteryassociation.org.  You can find us on Facebook, too.