Cemeteries more than a resting place

Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2007

I wish to commend Clark Fair on his well thought out letter to the editor (Dec. 5) concerning a cemetery in Soldotna and the need to make a decision as to its location.

I was one of the members of the Kenai Totem Tracers Genealogical Society who worked on the volume Cemetery Inscriptions and Area Memorials in Alaska's Kenai Peninsula Borough published in 2004. We traveled to Port Graham, Nanwalek, Seldovia, Homer, Nikolaevsk, Anchor Point, Ninilchik, Kasilof, Tyonek, Nikiski, Kenai, Hope, Cooper Landing and Seward to record data.

All of these communities have cemeteries.

Cemeteries are not only places for families to bury their loved ones; they are places that record history. Longtime Homer resident Margaret Anderson walked with me through the Homer Community Cemetery. As she looked at the markers, she recalled memories of the people buried there and the contributions they made to Homer.

Soldotna has no cemetery where markers can be placed to recall the lives of the people and the contributions they made. Soldotna is losing an important part its heritage. The time to act is now.

Kari Mohn

Kenai

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