Apologies for the late post- I didn't check when this one was scheduled for as I usually do.
The McCrae family looms large in the history of Guelph, and have a family plot here at Woodlawn Cemetery with the name on multiple stones. On this one in particular, with a wreath placed before it, is the name of the family's most famous member, who happens to be buried overseas. It was etched onto the stone to ensure that his presence, at least in part, was here with his family.
John McCrae was the soldier, doctor, and poet who went to Europe in World War One, fought for king and country, saw the horrors of war, and wrote In Flanders Fields. He was born here in Guelph. The inscription on the stone is a bit faded with time, but marks his life: 1872-1918, his famous poem, and the place of his death: Wimereux, France, where he died of pneumonia. The home where he was born has been preserved as a small museum, which I'll show you in posts to come.
A section of the cemetery is designated for the interment of cremation urns and features gardens.
A different perspective offers that area in the background. Turning around from here, most of the stones for a large swath lie flat in the ground. My mother is buried close by. This was the first time I've seen the tombstone for myself.
This gives you a general idea of the flat stones in this section, and includes an addition I found touching.
Another poignancy: a children's memorial garden.
Taken long before their time: lambs and child like angels are a common feature on the graves of children.
There is a section here set aside as a military cemetery, with local veterans choosing to be placed among their brothers and sisters in arms. These stones are in the style of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, which has been doing this around the world since the First World War. I'll have some additional shots from here at Remembrance Day.
There is also a section set aside for Jewish graves, and you can see it in the surnames and the Hebrew writing that accompanies some of the stones. The first one I spotted was the Kilberg tombstone, with the inscription Holocaust Survivors. It is a common Jewish trend to leave small stones on the tombstones as a nod of remembrance.
I finish off with this view of the cemetery. Tomorrow we go elsewhere in Guelph.