Moving day for Memorial Day
Ivy Lawn will host popular weekend event next year
By Chris O'Neal 05/22/2014
If you’re popping in to the Ivy Lawn Memorial Park this Memorial Day weekend, don’t expect to be greeted by the Honor Guard or other ceremonial events usually held at the cemetery — they won’t be there. Due to construction, Ivy Lawn is skipping this year’s festivities.
Jeanne Clark, president and general manager at Ivy Lawn, says that the planned Memorial Day event had to be canceled this year due to safety concerns.
“We cannot compromise the safety of our guests,” said Clark. “Hopefully we’ll be big and beautiful and ready for our big event next year.”
The Honor Guard will take part in a service at the Cemetery Memorial Park, which will include veterans from around Ventura County.
Construction at Ivy Lawn will include replacing an aging fountain with a natural rock waterfall, changing streets inside of the cemetery to one-way-only after naming them after current and former board members, and adding new cremation burial options. A new chapel will also be built on the grounds.
Clark estimates that out of the more than 60,000 burials, 10,000 to 20,000 are veterans. Though the original service will not be held, the Avenue of Flags will feature more than 1,000 flags flown in the cemetery naming local veterans.
In 2015, Ivy Lawn will construct a Veterans Memorial featuring an eternal flame and life-size bronze statues.
“We’re coming to the modern age here,” says Clark. “It will be more appropriate to what we want to say to the veterans, in size, comfort and beauty. Everything is beautiful, but it will be more beautiful.”
The construction is slated to be finished in July.
For more information on Ivy Lawn and the Avenue of Flags, visit www.ivylawn.org. The Honor Guard will also perform Monday, May 26, 10 a.m. at Cemetery Memorial Park, also known as St. Mary’s Cemetery, Poli and Main streets., Ventura. For more information, call 644-4449.
A Veteran’s Memorial Ceremony will also be held at the Veteran’s Memorial, Ventura County Government Center, Monday, May 26, 10 a.m., 800 Victoria Ave., Ventura.