Over­looked ceme­ter­ies

Los Angeles Times - - TRAVEL -

Thankyou for the thought­ful, mov­ing pieces pro­fil­ing ceme­ter­ies in the Travel sec­tion on Me­mo­rial Day­week­end [“Mon­u­ments to Life,” May 24].

When­ever I visit Bos­ton, I take time to walk around the Gra­nary Bury­ing Ground where John Han­cock, Sam Adams and many oth­ers cen­tral to the found­ing of our na­tion are buried. I be­lieve it to be a par­tic­u­larly sa­cred spot and feel that when I am there, I am pay­ing trib­ute to their courage and sac­ri­fice.

When I amin Is­rael, I visit the ceme­tery in Tiberias, which over­looks the Sea of Galilee. Ona re­cent visit, a friend and I joined sev­eral Is­raelis sit­ting by the graves of the poet Rachel and com­poser Naomi She­mer; they were singing the mu­sic of these women in lov­ing trib­ute to their mem­o­ries. May all of their mem­o­ries con­tinue to be for a bless­ing.

JEFF BERN HARDT Val­ley Glen

I love old, in­ter­est­ing ceme­ter­ies, and I en­joyed this se­lec­tion im­mensely. How­ever, you missed Lau­rel Hill Ceme­tery in Philadel­phia ( www.the­lau­rel­hill­ceme­tery.org). Iwould rate it amongthe most in­ter­est­ing and beau­ti­ful ceme­ter­ies in the coun­try. It is a Na­tional His­toric Land­mark and boasts great beauty inits lo­ca­tion, its hor­ti­cul­ture and its his­tory.

It­was truly not just a ceme­tery but a me­mo­rial park where peo­ple bought plots whose costs de­pended on the view or the place­ment, based on the beauty vis­i­tors would see as they strolled through the park.

ELLEN KLEIN Los An­ge­les

Iwas sorry to see that in all the sto­ries about ceme­ter­ies and the one list­ing of Los An­ge­les’ fa­mous ones, the Travel sec­tion was un­able to finda sin­gle Jewish ceme­tery of note to in­clude.

There are many Jewish ceme­ter­ies in our area, in­clud­ing Eden Me­mo­rial Park, where Grou­cho Marx is buried. And many other lu­mi­nar­ies fromthe en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try— Louis B. Mayer, Carl Laemmle, three Warner broth­ers— are at Home of Peace Me­mo­rial Park. Shame on you. None­the­less, as in­com­plete as it­was, I en­joyed the is­sue. JIM BISHOFF Northridge

Someof the ar­ti­cles on ceme­ter­ies were quite in­ter­est­ing, but a cou­ple missed themark, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing that some of the most no­table in the coun­try weren’t in­cluded.

Grace­land in Chicago is as fa­mous for its ar­chi­tec­tural mon­u­ments as for its fa­mous in­tern­ments: Cyrus McCormick, Al­lan Pinker­ton, Mar­shall Field, Louis Sullivan and Philip Ar­mour, among oth­ers.

Sleepy Hol­low Ceme­tery in Tar­ry­town, N.Y., has equally im­pres­sive mon­u­ments to Wash­ing­ton Irv­ing, Sa­muel Gom­pers, Wal­ter Chrysler, An­drew Carnegie, El­iz­a­beth Ar­den and the grand Greek tem­ple to the Helm­s­leys.

Then there’s the other Sleepy Hol­low Ceme­tery in Con­cord, Mass., with sculp­tures by Daniel Ch­ester French, aswell as his own rest­ing place.

And what is as re­mark­able as this ceme­tery’s Au­thors Ridge, with the burial places of Ralph Waldo Emer­son, Henry Thoreau, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Louisa May Al­cott? KENN MOR­RIS Los An­ge­les

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