- Holiday Flag Display -
Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery is the final resting place for so many men and women
who served our country in the military services.
On Memorial Day, Independence Day and Veterans Day the flags of the
United States of America fly proudly at the entrance to the cemetery.
Around the sundial are the flags of the six military services – The
United States Army, The United States Navy, The United States Marine Corps, The
United States Merchant Marine, The United States Air Force and The United States
Coast Guard. Just beyond the
sundial the POW MIA flag honors a most special group of heroes. The “Friends” is proud to sponsor this tribute to all who love
- Pond Fountains -
children many of us remember coming to feed the ducks in the pond located in the
southwestern part of the cemetery – a fond memory.
The ducks still swim in the pond along with the geese and create a
pretty, rural scene, but feeding the waterfowl is prohibited, they do just fine
by themselves. You can still stroll
by the pond, but walk carefully and look down before each step – that’s
nature at work. One of our very
first goals was to raise enough money to replace the fountain located in the
northern section of the pond and then to concentrate on replacing the one in the
southern section as a goal for the following year.
The generosity was overwhelming and the “Friends” replaced both
fountains in the same year.
Tree Planting Program -
Who does not appreciate
the beauty of a tree? Who
does not realize the importance of trees as part of our environment.
cemetery is over 150 years old and many of our large, stately trees are
in their declining stages. Trees
would never be taken down unnecessarily, but some of these magnificent
trees are suffering the effects of storm damage, advanced age and
disease and are being removed at an alarming rate.
The “Friends” has a tree replacement program in place and
over the past few years has purchased and paid the planting costs for
over forty trees. It will
be years before these trees achieve the magnificence of their
predecessors, but they will grow and will be appreciated by future
visitors to the cemetery.