April 14, 2012 was one of the best days in the history of our Cemetery. Veterans, Boy Scouts, the Rolling Thunder Motorycle Organization, local Council Members, Friends of the Abandoned Cemeteries of Staten Island, Cemetery Trustees and members of the public came by to honor and celebrate the dedication of the Veterans' Garden at Woodland Cemetery. It was an awesome, sometimes teary-eyed event. The Trustees are especially grateful to Mr. Steven Gross for the amazing job he did in pulling this event together.
So, if you missed the newscast on Channel 1, or the recent article on SIlive.com, the Cemetery announced it will not pursue development of the corner site of the Cemetery, but rather, focus all of its energy into getting the Cemetery into shape. That being said, we are turning to the public for help. We need volunteers to help clean, and donations to help fund our restoration efforts.
Our next cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Please stop by (bring your gas-powered tools!) and give us a hand. Restrooms are available and light refreshments will be served. There is plenty to be done, including raking, tree/branch trimming, trash removal and tree and branch pickup.
Two veterans' graves were discovered today. Their names were added to our veterans' database so flags may be placed on their graves.
Our annual plotholders' meeting is to be held on Monday, May 7, 2012 at 7.30 p.m., Our Savior Lutheran Church, Forest and Bard Avenues, Staten Island. If you are a plotholder (meaning you have the deed to your family's plot) you are invited -- and encouraged -- to attend.
Finally, on several pages to our website, you will see a "Donate" button. We have teamed up with Fundly.com to raise money for the Cemetery's restoration and cleanup. We sincerly hope you will donate in support of our efforts to restore the Cemetery.
We look forward to working with the public to revitalize Woodland Cemetery to make it the beautiful, historic landmark it deserves to be.
The Board of Trustees of Woodland Cemetery Association