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New Helicopter Crew Monument Approved at Arlington

It probably should not take this long but a monument proposed three years ago in 2104 to honor Vietnam era helicopter pilots has just been approved by Congress for acceptance and placement into Arlington National Cemetery.  An article in Military acknowledges that the idea for the monument was spearheaded in 2014 by Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Bob Hesselbein who flew AH-1 Cobra gunships in Vietnam. The Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association completed their request and application process in 2014 but […]

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Loss of Cemetery Revenue Causes Tricky Response

A friendly but complicated twist has occurred in a cemetery that contains the remains of border towns in Hebron, Illinois.  According to an article in the Lake Geneva News the Linn-Hebron Cemetery was started many years ago by members of the Linn Presbyterian Church, which used to be located in Hebron, Illinois, and started the cemetery in 1847. The endowment fund has been exhausted, the cemetery is old and gets little revenue, Hebron Township has been funding the cemetery, but […]

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Arizona Teen Good Deed is “Life-Changing”

It was recently reported on the web-site AZFamily.com that a teenager from Chandler, Arizona, found out that his good deed and Eagle Scout project was “Life-Changing” to him.  Adrian Dozal, 16, used a personal connection to an Arizona cemetery to create a project to bring the cemetery back from disrepair and in the process learned something abut himself. Dozal noticed last fall that the Goodyear-Ocotillo Cemetery was overgrown and crosses on the graves were rusting.  He researched the cemetery and […]

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VA Cemeteries to Give Pre-Need Eligibility Verification

According to a recent article by Veteran’s advocate Gary Alexander in the Gainsville (TX) Daily Register honorably discharged veterans can now apply for burial in national cemeteries pre-need.  Until recently, veterans, and their families, had to wait until need (at the time of a death) to apply for burial. The Veteran’s Administration press release states, ” Interested individuals may submit VA Form 40-10007, Application for Pre-Need Determination of Eligibility for Burial in VA National Cemetery”.  The VA will review eligibility […]

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An Opinion on StoneMor Partners

An opinion from Seeking Alpha recently came out on one of Funeral Director Daily’s Death Care Index (DCI) stocks, namely StoneMor Partners.  The article is a really good read and goes into quite some detail on what has been happening with the company in the past six months. According to the article, the company has a market capitalization of about $234 million and has more than $316 million in debt.  It also notes that the company stock has dropped over […]

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John Glenn Laid to Rest at Arlington

American icon, John Glenn, was laid to rest with full Military Honors on Thursday, April 6, 2017, at Arlington National Cemetery.  According to an article in the Columbus Dispatch, the interment followed a short, private service at the Old Post Chapel at Arlington. Glenn, age 95, had died on December 8, 2016, but was laid to rest on the day that would have been his 74th wedding anniversary.  John Glenn will be remembered as the man who led America into […]

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Austin Officials Ponder Difficult Situation at Cemetery

Officials in Austin, Texas, have their hands full in trying to figure out how to proceed with an issue that has risen at the Oakwood Cemetery in that city.  According to the Austin based American-Statesman a chapel restoration project on the cemetery grounds has been halted because it appears that human burial graves have been located beneath the chapel. From all practical purposes it appears that the Chapel, which was built in 1914, was built over a section of what […]

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2016 Flooding Causes New Burial Rules

Burial in Louisiana is just different from what we have in Minnesota.  In Minnesota where it is joked that we have two seasons, Winter and Road Construction, we do have issues digging through the almost permafrost in our winter months.  But after seeing the following article, I guess a little cold weather is okay considering I don’t have to deal with a water table only 2 feet below the surface of the ground. A recent article in The Advocate of […]

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The Latest News from StoneMor Partners

StoneMor Partners, the Philadelphia based funeral home and cemetery  limited partnership that is publicly traded, issued some interesting news this week.  First of all, CEO Larry Miller, one of the firm’s founders has announced his resignation effective on August 31, 2017, or when a replacement is named.  Secondly, according to an article in www.philly.com, the company has entered into a partnership with the Donohue Funeral Homes which serve the Philadelphia area. According to Bill Johnson, StoneMor’s national vice president of […]

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Medal of Honor Winner Recognized

When I was a youngster I was amazed that my dad, the local funeral director, knew everybody in our small community and also knew the history of each and every family in the city.  After 35 years as a local funeral director I now find myself in the same situation.  As they say, the apple does not far fall from the tree.  I have gleaned a great value to the historical perspective of our , not so small anymore, community […]