Celebrate Memorial Day at Lakewood – Monday, May 27, 2013
Join us at Lakewood Cemetery on Memorial Day to honor veterans and remember loved ones in a beautiful and peaceful setting. The day begins with a memorial service 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).
Call Lakewood at (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).
This year’s service pays special honor to the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and includes:
Please note: There are a limited number of chairs, so we welcome visitors to bring their own blankets or portable chairs for seating.
- Gettysburg Address given by Abraham Lincoln (reenactor)
- Rifle salute by reenactors from the First Regiment of Minnesota Volunteer Infantry
- Reading of General Logan’s Orders
- Gospel quartet led by Robert Robinson
- Minneapolis Police Band
- Dove release
Civil War Tours & Activities, 12-3 p.m.
To honor Minnesota’s involvement in the Civil War 150 years ago, Lakewood will offer tours and activities at Lakewood in partnership with the First and Second Regiments of Minnesota Volunteer Infantry (reenactors). What you can do and see:
- Take a Guided walking tour of Civil War soldiers buried at Lakewood
- See the different uniforms worn by the U.S. Army during the Civil War
- Learn about the equipment Civil War soldiers depended on during and between battles
- Make cockades with help from civilian reenactors from the Living History Society
- Ask reenactors about the contributions made by Minnesotans during the war
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; a new tour leaves every half hour from the trolley boarding area in front of Lakewood’s chapel.
Music in Lakewood’s historic chapel – Harp/flute duo, 12-1 p.m. and String quartet, 2-3 p.m.
View the spectacular mosaic interior of Lakewood’s Byzantine-style chapel, built in 1910, while listening to beautiful harp and flute music.
"Lakewood Chapel: 1910 to Today" exhibit, lower level of Lakewood’s chapel - 12-4 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.
"History of Lakewood" exhibit, lower level of Lakewood’s chapel - 12-4 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.
Complimentary 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.-8:30 p.m.
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 other 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).
What does it cost?
All food and activities are free, except the $2 streetcar rides provided by the Minnesota Streetcar Museum.
Call Lakewood at (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.