Evergreen Cemetery Video Honors Veterans in Lieu of Onsite Ceremony
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the City of Gainesville is honoring veterans with a commemorative video this year in place of its annual Veterans Day ceremony at Evergreen Cemetery. The video, featuring inspirational messages from local veterans, was prerecorded at the city’s only municipal cemetery, and will be posted on the city’s Facebook page and broadcast on Cox Cable Channel 12 Wednesday, Nov. 11 beginning at 12 p.m.
Evergreen Cemetery is the final resting place of 1,1oo area veterans who served in every conflict from the second Seminole War (1835-1842) through recent engagements in Afghanistan and Iraq. Established in 1856, historical figures from Gainesville’s past also are buried there. The city acquired the 53-acre cemetery in 1944.
“The City of Gainesville, in conjunction with the Evergreen Cemetery Association of Gainesville, is planning to build a veterans monument and establish a veterans’ yard onsite where we’ll honor our military veterans. We will observe future Veterans Day and Memorial Day ceremonies, as well as other special events at this place of remembrance,” said Russell Etling, cultural affairs manager in the city’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department.
As part of the project, a regional call to artists will be issued in early 2021 for the design of the monument.
“We envision the monument as a work of public art as well as a tribute to our veterans and those future generations who will serve our nation,” said Kathy McGlone, president of the Evergreen Cemetery Association of Gainesville, Inc., who is featured on the video and directs the veterans monument fundraising effort.
For additional information about Evergreen Cemetery and the veterans monument project, visit www.ThisWondrousPlace.org or contact Russell Etling, cultural affairs manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or 352-393-8532.