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Seasonal Celebrations

Memorial Day at Lakewood

May 31

Lakewood Cemetery
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Join us on this special day of commemoration as we honor and celebrate the lives of those we love and miss. The celebration may look a little different this year, but we’re excited to bring back our beloved traditions in new ways!

Tune into Youtube on Memorial weekend to watch our annual Memorial Day ceremony from the comfort of your own home. Then join us onsite on Memorial Day for live music and fun outdoor activities for the whole family as we celebrate this special day.

Memorial Day Ceremony Recording

For the safety of our families and community we will be pre-recording this year’s ceremony.  The recording will be available on this page, on our Youtube page, and on Facebook start on Friday of Memorial Weekend. This will allow everyone to enjoy the ceremony from the comfort of their owns homes!

We will also be offering limited attendance screenings of the ceremony in our Garden Mausoleum on Memorial Day throughout the day.

Please check back here on Memorial Weekend to watch this video.

Memorial Day Celebration | 10:00am – 2:00pm

  • Write a custom postcard to a veteran or a loved one with Streetcorner Letterpress
  • Learn to fold origami doves in honor of our traditional dove release. Join origami artist Kathleen Sheridan to fold your own origami dove and dedicate it to the memory of someone you love and miss
  • Share your Lakewood story in honor of our 150th Anniversary. We will have postcards available at this event to share your Lakewood story. You can also participate in this activity at home by visiting our Lakewood Stories page.

Guided Walking Tours 

Attend a free guided Lakewood 101 walking tour. Sign ups will be available at the tent by the Living Memory Tree.

Live Music | 11:30am – 1:45pm

Join us in the courtyard of the Community Mausoleum (near the reflecting pond) for live music.

Refreshments

Coffee, lemonade, and individually wrapped cookies will be available at a small tent near the Community Mausoleum.

Living Memory Tree

Honor someone you love and miss by adding a ribbon to our Living Memory Tree, a collective display of remembrance and love. Ribbons will be available at the tent near the Living Memory Tree.

Learn about this unique memorial.

Visit the Memorial Chapel | 10:00am – 2:00pm

Please note: Masks are required to enter the chapel and we require all attendees to maintain a 6ft distance from others when they are in the building. 

One the city’s most beloved architectural treasures, the Lakewood Chapel, including its lower level, will be open for you to see on Memorial Day.

We will have brochures available for self-guided tours.

Self-guided tour booklets

Lakewood offers free self-guided walking/driving tour brochures:

Pick them up in Lakewood’s Administration Building / Main Office (at the front entrance) inside the Lakewood Memorial Chapel, or at the tent by the Living Memory Tree. 

Flowers During Memorial Day weekend, you can purchase fresh floral bouquets for loved ones’ graves. Prices range from $10 to $25. Look for the tent just inside our main gate. You can also find containers for bouquets of fresh flowers and a limited number of small flags along the main road as you enter the cemetery. You may use them free of charge.

Parking

You may park along roads in the cemetery, except where there are “no parking” signs. Traffic in the cemetery on Memorial Day can be heavily congested, especially when entering or exiting the cemetery at the 36th Street & Hennepin Avenue entrance. To avoid traffic congestion, you can also use the 40th Street gate, which is open on Memorial Day.

Cost

Free and open to the public. There will also be flowers for sale. 

Questions? Call (612) 822-2171 or email us at events@lakewoodcemetery.org.

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