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Letters: Forest Lawn is a gem, for cemetery explorers

While in Buffalo, I picked up a copy of your excellent newspaper. The My View article by Barbara Ochterski regarding the joy of visiting cemeteries was so rewarding. Buffalo’s gem is Forest Lawn, of course. The landscape, the architecture, the sculpture and the history can hardly be exceeded by any place in the United States. There are also ethnic cemeteries in Cheektowaga that also have rich histories, especially of ethnic groups who migrated here and made Buffalo a great city.

For cemetery lovers/explorers, please consider visiting Lakeview Cemetery in Cleveland, Ohio, final home to John D. Rockefeller (leave a dime on the base of the obelisk, as is tradition), President James Garfield and numerous luminaries in government and industry. Various tours are offered, by foot or by trolley, all through the year.

Another of my favorite places is the Hope Cemetery in Barre, Vt. Situated near the largest granite quarry in the United States, the monuments are imaginative, creative, funny and loving.

I hope residents of Buffalo appreciate the lovely grounds they can enjoy here, and are then motivated to venture out into the other cemeteries and burial grounds that contain such a rich history, love and lore of our people.

Congratulations on your beautiful cemeteries, your vigorous downtown area, your arts and your educational institutions. Buffalo is really a city rising!

Clara K. Jones

Chesterland, Ohio

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