Extended Memorial Day Weekend Hours at Union Cemetery
To assist families visiting loved ones over the Memorial Day weekend, Union Cemetery announces extended hours for staff assistance. Cemetery staff will be on-site:
Saturday, May 26, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sunday, May 27, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Monday, May 28, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Lots of activities are scheduled for the Memorial Day weekend at Union Cemetery:
- Saturday, May 26. More than 150 scout troops will place thousands of flags on veterans' graves from 8:30-11 a.m. Refreshments will be available to scout troops and parents. The cemetery office will be open to help people with genealogy questions.
- Sunday, May 27. Carnations will be available free to families, and cold bottled water will be available to all visitors from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
- Monday, May 28. A military service will be conducted at 10 a.m. at the flag poles at the cemetery sections on the east side of Olentangy River Road. Free hot dogs, Union Cemetery drinking mugs, dog watering bowls and a variety of snacks and beverages will be available from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Come tour our beautiful grounds along the banks of the scenic Olentangy River. We look forward to seeing you.
More and more people are turning to cremation to honor loved ones. At Union Cemetery of Columbus, almost one in every three families is choosing cremation to memorialize themselves, a spouse or family member. The staff at Union Cemetery can explain options if you are considering cremation.
For many, cremation meets two important goals: simplicity and affordability. At a time when traditional burials are becoming more expense and complex, cremation can be an attractive option. The family can spend more time in remembrance and less in the details that often accompany other forms of memorialization.
Ways to Memorialize Cremated Remains
One of the myths of cremation is that cremated remains are always put in an urn and kept at home. In fact, there are a number of ways that cremated loved ones can be memorialized. Families typically make choices based on their own beliefs and preferences. The important thing to remember is that for families who choose cremation, there are several comfortable choices that fit family needs:
- Traditional in-ground burial of an urn
- Burial with family or loved ones, even those who were interred in a traditional casket
- Scattering ashes in special locations, such as a scattering garden, or at sea
- Placing an urn in a columbarium or niche at a cemetery
In addition, services can be held in a beautiful, spacious in-door mausoleum chapel at the cemetery, further meeting the goals of simplicity and affordability for family and friends. Union Cemetery offers three such sites nestled within the 128 treed acres that comprise the cemetery grounds.