Celebrate All Saints/All Souls Day on October 28th at Mt. Olivet Cemetery
Hannibal, MO - The Mt. Olivet Cemetery Association and James O’Donnell Funeral Home invite the public to participate in the annual All Saints/Souls Day Celebration on Sunday, October 28, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.
All Saints Day/All Souls Day has been celebrated worldwide for thousands of years to honor deceased family members. Customs include lighting candles, offering prayers, cleaning and decorating graves and sharing food with friends and family.
This area celebration will be held at historic Mt. Olivet Cemetery, 2340 Fulton Avenue (Route T) in Hannibal, MO. A special ceremony and memorial balloon release, co-sponsored by the James O’Donnell Funeral Home, will be in the chapel area at 3:00 pm. Jim O’Donnell says, “Our goal is to celebrate the lives of those who have passed while providing comfort and healing to family and friends.”
Balloon release participants will meet at the chapel between 2:00 and 2:30 to personalize a balloon tag for their loved ones. Pamela Reed-Wilde will provide music on the antique pump organ in the chapel. At 2:30 an old-fashioned gospel sing featuring the Goldennaires will start. Tim Goodman, minister of Clover Road Christian Church, will officiate at the 3:00 ceremony. After the ceremony, visitors can join in an old-fashioned wiener roast and bon-fire from 3:00 to 4:00pm. Please bring lawn chairs and/or blankets.
As part of the All Saints/Souls celebration, attendees may take hayride tours of the grounds to view the graves of many of Hannibal’s historic figures, including the Clemens family and friends, Clarence Gideon, Don Faurot, Admiral Coontz, and Black Bart.
“We want everyone to experience Mt. Olivet. Designed by the original board of directors as a ‘harmonious union of nature and art,’ a place where early records reveal area residents came to ‘recreate and remember.’ We invite everyone, regardless of where their loved one is buried, to come participate in our All Souls/Saints Day Celebration,” says Donna Brown, office manager of Mt. Olivet.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Donna Brown, Mt. Olivet Cemetery, or Jim O’Donnell, James O’Donnell Funeral Home.
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