House adopts O’Mara resolution to encourage Pennsylvanians to remember 'Forgotten Cemetery Day'

HARRISBURG, May 1 – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives today unanimously adopted state Rep. Jennifer O’Mara’s H.R. 278 to designate May 4, 2019 as “Forgotten Cemetery Day” to encourage people to be aware of the hundreds of forgotten, abandoned and overrun cemeteries in Pennsylvania.

 

“The derelict conditions of these cemeteries do not reflect how any of us would want our loved ones’ final resting place to be treated,” said O’Mara, D-Delaware. “Many cemeteries became overrun with weeds and vegetation, and many boroughs and townships lack the necessary funding to properly care for these sites—if they even know they exist.

 

“We must put forth the effort to preserve these tangible links with our past. If left to disappear, Pennsylvania’s history will disappear with them,” O’Mara said.

 

“I want to thank my colleagues for supporting this important resolution to encourage Pennsylvanians to honor our ancestors and preserve Pennsylvania’s history.”

 

O’Mara will be holding a clean-up event, “Honoring the Forgotten,” at Hayti Cemetery on Old Marple Road near the I-476 overpass this Saturday, May 4, 2019 beginning at 10 a.m. The cemetery is the final resting place of many African-American Civil War veterans. For more information, call 610-544-9878 or email, ahammock@pahouse.net.