The project to provide grave markers with names and dates for people interred at the historic Western State Hospital Cemetery will continue with a Work Day on Saturday, April 16. This work day is part of Lakewood’s annual Parks Appreciation Day. Hours are 9 AM to Noon. Volunteers are invited to join the work party to place new grave markers and recognize some of the supporters of this effort.
The Grave Concerns Association hopes to install between 40 and 60 markers to complete the Perimeter Project. Funding from OptumHealth made it possible to accomplish replacement of over 200 markers all the way around the perimeter of the cemetery.
The funding and volunteer support from OptumHealth and its people will be recognized at Saturday’s event. “We are most grateful to OptumHealth for making it possible to complete this part of our project,” said Laurel Lemke, Graves Concerns Chairperson.
Grave Concerns volunteers will be joined by members of Peace Out, Inc., a youth group that is teaching philanthropy and community service skills. In addition, at least one family will be present to honor their great grandfather who is buried in the Cemetery.