To the Editor:
This upcoming Memorial Day marks the 30th anniversary of the Cumberland Historic Cemetery Organization (CHCO).
This organization has made it its mission to build and restore monuments to great Americans, restore and maintain adopted cemeteries, and promote and teach America’s true history and Christian heritage.
This we have done since 1983, very successfully, without the use of tax dollars, grants, etc.
Over the years the CHCO has erected more than $4.5 million worth of monuments.
I would like to bring it to the attention of Cumberland area residents that Memorial Day is a national holiday set aside to remember and pray for those who have fought for our nation.
It is also set aside to care for the graves of the dead. It is an excellent opportunity for families to take their children, no matter what their age, to the graves of their ancestors and teach their family history.
This is a vital, important building block of our nation’s foundation. It is also very important to bring a flower, wreath or a flag to place upon the grave.
The CHCO will be holding several Memorial Day events. Saturday, May 25, the group will hold a cemetery caravan to visit three of our 11 adopted area cemeteries.
The public is welcome at all events. At 10 a.m., the CHCO will meet at the farm of Dr. Paul and Mrs. Faye Snow, Snow Hill Farm, Hinkle Road east of Cumberland.
A tour and memorial service will be conducted of the Hinkle-Snow Cemetery.
At 11 a.m., the group will meet at the Hughes burial plot located between Columbia and Walnut streets and near Valley Street, Cumberland’s North End for a tour and memorial service of this Civil War site.
At 1 p.m. the CHCO will meet at the Hutson Cemetery along Route 220 South, Rawlings, to visit this beautiful, unique historic cemetery for a history reading and memorial service.
On Sunday, May 26, at 2 p.m., CHCO will hold their annual Memorial Day service at Sumner Cemetery, Yale, St., Cumberland at the Union soldier’s monument.
On Sunday, June 9, at 2 p.m., CHCO will hold walking tours of historic graves at SS. Peter & Paul Roman Catholic Cemetery, Fayette St., Cumberland, in conjunction with the Heritage Days festival.
For more information, call 301-722-4624 or visit our website www.chco-online.org.
Edward W. Taylor Jr., president
Cumberland Historic Cemetery