Many people make a pilgrimage to a cemetery, in all weathers. There are memories of walking along soggy ground dodging puddles and wrestling with umbrellas. Placing flowers and taking a moment to remember that special one.
Mother's Day is in fact one of the largest days of celebration for families throughout the nation. This day is extremely special in society and the Adelaide Cemeteries Authority recognises its significance.
A Service of Remembrance will be conducted at Enfield Memorial Park on Mother's Day, which supports the coming together of families to reflect and remember on this special day.
This year families can post a special tribute to their loved one, please complete the registration form on the Adelaide Cemeteries Authority website www.aca.sa.gov.au by Thursday, 1st of May and leave a special message.
Service Time Remembrance Service to commence at 10.30am on Sunday, 11th of May, 2014. On the Folland Chapel Lawns at Enfield Memorial Park, Browning street, Clearview.
While this service is a lovely thing to do, I cannot help but think the same respect should be shown for the graves of mothers in Cheltenham Cemetery. Instead they are in danger of being disturbed and their grave reused if there is no-one to renew the lease.
This makes me both sad and angry because many people can't visit their mothers, grandmothers etc... graves because they've been reused with strangers buried on top and the memorial gone. The ACA who manages Enfield and recognises the "significance" of this remembrance ceremony is the very same organisation which desecrates and destroys graves at Cheltenham and removes the memorials.
Where's the fairness in this? Why are the graves of some seen as sacrosanct, and to be revered, whilst others are defiled, desecrated and destroyed? ... The sadness in my heart is huge, Catherine.
The Adelaide Cemetery Authority (ACA) are to be commended highly for their promotion of 'Mother's Day Service of Rememberance' at Enfield Memorial Park Cemetery, Sunday 11th May 2014, being Mother's Day. This Service is obviously for people who have their Mothers, Grandmothers, buried at Enfield Cemetery. Spare a thought though, to the Sons & Daughters, who visited Cheltenham Cemetery on this Mother's Day, to pay their respects to their own Mother, Grandmother etc, to place some fresh flowers there, only to find her grave has been desecrated, the headstone, memorials have all been removed, and a 'strangers' headstone with a strip of lawn is now in it's place. This desecration/re-use of graves is done by ACA, the Government entity in place to look after and protect the graves of our ancestors. The only State in Australia that does this shocking practise, and Australia is the only country in the World that treats their passed ancestors in this way, this is a fact that I am not very proud of, it actually sickens me. ACA, the 'Jekyll & Hyde' of the Cemeteries. A beautiful, respectful Mother's Day Service at Enfield Cemetery on one hand, then a holocaust grave destruction at Cheltenham cemetery on the other. "The standard that you walk past is the standard you accept" and the 'desecration / re-use' of graves is a standard that is definitely not acceptable.
My heart went out to families visiting thier mothers grave at Dudley Park Cemetery on Mothers day only to find the backhoe had cleared thier graves this disrespect for our pioneers,Cultural Heratage History, War service men and womens graves all our families sacred resting places Legaly DESICRATED Shame on those who were involved in passing this legislation Legal Vandalisim