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Volunteers needed to honor veterans

Place flags on graves at Calvary Cemetery Nov. 9

LINCOLN (SNR) – Volunteers are needed to help prepare Calvary Cemetery in Lincoln for the observance of Veterans Day.

Flags will be placed on the 700 graves of veterans at Calvary Cemetery.

At 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9, volunteers will gather with prayers and a blessing. They will meet at “Priest Point” in the cemetery.

The flags will be picked up from graves Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 9 a.m.

“We consider it a blessing to serve the families of Catholic men and women who have faithfully served their God and their country,” said Msgr. Timothy Thorburn, director of Calvary Cemetery.

Organizer Richard Zierke said a lot of people don’t know where the celebration of Veterans Day comes from. It is an official United States public holiday, he explained, observed annually Nov. 11, that honors persons who served in the United States Armed Forces.

“It coincides with other holidays,” he said, “including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, celebrated in other countries, that mark the anniversary of the end of World War I.” The major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at “the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.” The U.S. holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.

Zierke added that, as 2018 is the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, it is important to observe the holiday.

“We hope to do our part in honoring those who have served,” he explained.

Calvary Cemetery is on the south side of 40th and O streets, and the main entrance is located at 3880 L St. The cemetery is open every day including holidays, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and by appointment on Saturdays.

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is celebrated every Friday at 12:15 p.m. inside the St. Charbel Chapel Mausoleum, for the repose of souls of all the faithful departed buried at Calvary.

Bishop James Conley will celebrate an All Souls Day Mass Friday, Nov. 2 at 5:30 p.m. in the St. Charbel Chapel Mausoleum.

Father Thomas Nguyen from Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Lincoln will celebrate an outdoor All Souls Day Mass at Calvary Cemetery Saturday, Nov. 3 at 10 a.m. with the Vietnamese community.

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