As the Founder and Conductor of the ISO Symphonic Band who leads the Memorial Day Concert at Green-Wood I must disagree with the POV of our dear friend from the south. First the Memorial Day Concert was established to help preserve the graves at Green-Wood not disrespect them. Second perhaps Ms. Sheremetta does not understand the rich history of the rural cemetery movement. Many of the masoleums at the cemetery are home to people who actually would picnic on their own graves before they departed. The notion that people could not attend a concert or event in a cemetery is rather an unenlightened point of view that is puritanical at best.
As an example, our concert pays tribute with respect and adulation to Leonard Bernstein, Fred Ebb, Paul Jabara, Louis Gottschalk , and others who have made significant contributions to our society. What else should we do on memorial day? attend barbecues and not honor the fallen?
Just my two cents!
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