Celebrate Memorial Day at Lakewood – Monday, May 26, 2014
Join us at Lakewood Cemetery this Memorial Day to honor veterans and remember loved ones in a beautiful and peaceful setting. The day begins with a memorial ceremony and continues with tours and activities in the afternoon. All tours and activities are free and open to the public (except the $2 streetcar rides from the Minnesota Streetcar Museum).
As a convenience to our visitors during Memorial Day weekend beginning Friday, May 23 through Monday, May 26 from 8:30 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. we will have available for purchase a wide variety of fresh floral bouquets for decorating the graves of your loved ones just inside our main gate underneath the Lakewood canopy. They will range in price from $8.00 to $25.00. Containers for your bouquets of fresh flowers are also available along the main road as you enter the cemetery. We also have a limited number of small flags for decorating the grave of your beloved veteran.
Call (612) 822-2171 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about this event.
Memorial Day Ceremony, 10:30 a.m.
Our traditional Memorial Day ceremony is held near the Soldiers Memorial monument. To locate the site, see map of the cemetery (PDF). Print or view Memorial Day Program (PDF). This year’s ceremony will honor the 100th anniversary of World War I. It will include:
Please note: We provide chairs, but seating is limited. We welcome you to bring your own blanket or portable chair.
- Gospel quartet led by Robert Robinson
- Keynote address by Douglas P. Bekke, curator of the Minnesota Military Museum and World War I historian
- Minneapolis Police Band
- Dove release
- The playing of Taps
- Reading of “In Flanders Fields,” by John McCrae
- Honor guard
World War I veteran walking tours – 12-3 p.m.
To honor this year’s 100th anniversary of World War I, the Friends of Fort Snelling will take visitors on a special walking tour that tells the stories of World War I veterans buried at Lakewood. Those featured include an ambulance driver, American Red Cross nurse, an “Ace” pilot and more. Free tickets available on a first-come-first-serve basis the day of the event.
Tours of Lakewood’s history, art and gardens - 12-3 p.m.
Take a trolley tour of Lakewood to see monuments of local politicians, musicians, artists, businessmen and others. You’ll also learn about Lakewood’s landscape and gardens and see artistic monument styles from the Victorian era to today. Tours are approximately one hour long.
Music concert in Lakewood’s historic chapel – 12-1 p.m and 2-3 p.m.
View the spectacular mosaic interior of Lakewood’s Byzantine-style chapel, built in 1910, while listening to beautiful classical music. Learn more about the chapel by picking up a free self-guided tour brochure, available inside the chapel that day.
Horse-and-carriage rides - 12-3 p.m.
Travel through the cemetery as visitors once did – by carriage. Enjoy a pleasant ride around Lakewood’s oldest section with views of beautiful monuments and Lake Calhoun.
Exhibit: "Lakewood Chapel: 1910 to Today" exhibit, lower level of Lakewood’s chapel - 12-3 p.m.
Discover Lakewood’s Byzantine-style mosaic chapel, from its 1910 construction to its 1997 renovation. The exhibit includes historic photos of the Lakewood trustees who commissioned the chapel to be built, many were prominent in Minneapolis’ growth as a city. View a video of TPT’s "Almanac" interview with the restoration architect.
Exhibit: "History of Lakewood" exhibit, lower level of Lakewood’s chapel - 12-3 p.m.
This exhibit tells the history, art and culture of Lakewood, including facts about Minneapolis history, cemetery art and sculpture, symbolism, horticulture and famous people memorialized at Lakewood.
Refreshments - 12-3 p.m.
Stop by the refreshments tent for free coffee and a cookie. The refreshments tent is located in the gardens next to the new Lakewood Garden Mausoleum and the Lakewood Community Memorial Mausoleum.
Historic streetcar line rides - 9 a.m. to dusk.
The Minnesota Streetcar Museum runs its historic streetcars from Lake Harriet to Lakewood on Memorial Day. Board at Lakewood’s old streetcar entrance (follow the signs in the cemetery that day). The Minnesota Streetcar Museum charges $2 for a round trip; kids 3 & under ride free.
Self-guided walking tours
Lakewood offers three self-guided walking tours:
Pick up these free tour brochures in the Administration Building (at the front entrance), in Lakewood’s chapel, or in either mausoleum on Memorial Day or anytime during Lakewood’s daily hours of operation. To download the tour brochures now, visit Lakewood's online bookstore.
- Lakewood Cemetery: A Self-Guided Tour
- Lakewood Memorial Chapel: A Visitor’s Guide
- A Tour of Memorial Symbolism at Lakewood Cemetery
You may park alongside roads in the cemetery except where there are "no parking" signs. Please note that traffic in the cemetery on Memorial Day is often congested, especially when entering or exiting the cemetery at the 36th Street & Hennepin Avenue entrance. You may also enter and exit the cemetery at Dupont & 42nd Street (this gate is open Memorial Day only). See a map of the cemetery (PDF).
All food and activities are free, except the $2 streetcar rides provided by the Minnesota Streetcar Museum.
Call (612) 822-2171 or email us at email@example.com if you have questions about this event. For more about Lakewood's history and art, visit Lakewood's Online Bookstore.