For more than twenty-five years, the Friends of Cedar Grove Cemetery has sponsored memorial masses. These masses are held on the Sundays before Memorial Day and Christmas at 11:00 am, in memory of all who rest with us. Held in our seventy-five-year-old Gilman Chapel, the services attract more than two hundred people. Attendees participate in the Mass, and then enjoy light refreshments in the office, or weather permitting, on the grounds adjacent to the Chapel. Flowers may be brought to decorate the altar, in memory of our loved ones, and are then returned to the family after the service.
We feature a one-half hour guided tour of different sections of the Cemetery following these services. We hope to continue this practice, and to expand it in the future.
On Memorial Day of each year, for more than fifty years, exercises are held to honor all deceased military men and women, and support our active troops. The seven Dorchester AMVETS, VFW, and AMERICAN LEGION Posts parade into the Cemetery in full formation. They place memorial wreaths, play taps, fire a 21-gun salute and listen to patriotic music. Many high-ranking political and military leaders have been featured speakers at this event. Hundreds of people participate in the ceremonies.