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Memorial Day at Lakewood

May 31 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

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!

Take a moment to watch our annual Memorial Day ceremony, pre-recorded so you can enjoy it from the comfort of your own home. Join us onsite on Memorial Day for live music and outdoor activities for the whole family as we celebrate this special day.

Memorial Day Ceremony Recording

Recording available starting on Friday, May 28th | Check back here for more details

For the safety of our families and community we will not be hosting our ceremony onsite this year.

To honor the tradition of this special day of remembrance, we have pre-recorded our annual ceremony for our families and community to watch and reflect on the significance of Memorial Day.

We hope to return to an in-person ceremony again next year, but we are pleased to offer this beautiful video for those of you at home.

Keynote Speaker: Jill Stephenson

Jill Stephenson is the Gold Star Mother of CPL Benjamin Kopp, a US Army Ranger who died eight days after being wounded during his third deployment in July of 2009. Kopp, 21, was influenced to join the military out of reverence for his great-grandfather’s service with the 34th Infantry Division during WWII and by the events of 9/11, which took place only five months after his great-grandfather’s passing. Stephenson has made it her life mission to honor her grandfather and her son’s service to America by paying forward their legacies to our veterans and their families.

Ceremony Music by SeVy Gospel Quartet

SeVy is a gospel family quartet whose members are Robin Doublette, Lynnea Doublette, Ivory Doublette, and Danielle Doublette. The family, along with father Yves Doublette relocated from Anchorage Alaska to Minnesota in 2002 and now live and perform in the Twin Cities area.

Memorial Day Celebration

Monday, May 31st | 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 by local artist Kashimana

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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