Mt. Calvary Cemetery Responds To Outrage Over Removed Decorations
A controversy from a couple years ago has reared it's ugly head again.
People in the Ohio Valley are angry over personal decorations disappearing off of grave sites at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Wheeling.
Bryan Minor, Spokesperson for the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston told 7 News on Monday that decorations are removed twice a year for spring and fall cleaning of cemeterytary.
All of cemeteriesries policies are listen in an information booklet, available to people at cemeterytary office.
They tell us that the rules and regulations set by Mount Calvary are in line with otcemeteriesries across the board.
Before each of these yearly cleanincemeterytary staff will go around to different grave sites and take things away that have either fallen, have broken, or are not in conformance with the policy they have on decorating graves.
According to Minor, some of the items being taken are items that look lShepardsards crooks to hand flower baskets on, also statues and illuminated objects that can be pose a danger or are sometimes broken.
"What people are asked to remember is that we have thousands of graves at the site and they all have to be mowed around and have to be trimmed," says Minor.
Twice a year, Minor says they do put an add in the local papers before they are ready to do a spring and fall cleaning, warning that they will be taking decorations off of graves.
The good news is that all of these removed items are kept at the Mt. Calvary office.
When you go there to pick them up, Minor suggests that you get with the staff and learn more about the policies on decorating graves. He says the staff is more than willing to work with you to find a way to leave a decoration that will stand the test of time.
You can stop by cemeterytary office during business hours or pick up one of these booklets in a drop box after hours. Right now, Minor said they are working on making the information available online as well.