- Ada, Oklahoma


May 21, 2011

5-22 letters to the editor

Ada —  

Dear Editor, 

At this time of the year as we approach the Memorial Day holiday, I would like to make a few comments. 

Not only our cemetery but almost all cemeteries around our area are now and have been making preparations for the upcoming Memorial Day. 

Most of them have been busy with clean up, grave leveling, tree removal and trimming. This time of the year in the cemetery business is similar to other major holidays in the retail business. 

Now is when more people think of their particular cemetery or cemeteries where they have loved ones interred, than they usually do. Most people look forward to decorating the gravesites of loved ones with flowers and other types of decorations. 

The sad thing is there are a very small percentage of people who wait for this holiday so they can steal those very flowers, not for their use but to sell in garage sales or flea markets. 

To those few I would like to make them aware of the state law about this activity. 

If convicted of stealing flowers or anything else from a gravesite, such as vases or memorials/headstones, and we will prosecute you if we catch you, the fine can be up to $5,000 and a jail sentence of up to six months. 

At our cemetery we, like some other cemeteries, have a special Memorial Day Service to honor our military, those who made the ultimate sacrifice and those who have served and those still serving today. 

Our service will be Monday, May 30, at the Tower of Memories in the middle of our cemetery at 11 a.m. 

Senator Susan Paddack will be our speaker, we will have some local National Guard to display the colors. 

Please bring your lawn chair and come join us in this great celebration. 

We hope you feel the need to show your appreciation for the people we are honoring as strongly as we do.


David Baze,

Owner of Memorial Park Cemetery of Ada


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