I pass by it everyday on the way to the radio station, the Elmwood Cemetery. It’s at the northern end of the Disraeli Bridge. along the Red River with beautiful old elm trees though-out. It’s one of Winnipeg’s oldest and largest cemeteries. March 8th, 1902, Grace Eveline Lemon, a nine-month-old infant, was the first person to be interred at Elmwood. To many Winnipeggers in earlier times, a visit to Elmwood Cemetery meant a day in the country. It was not unusual for people to enjoy picnics and family outings on the cemetery grounds after paying their respects at the graveside. As of 2014 more than 52,000 burials have taken place there.
In 2015, I helped bring No Stone Left Alone to Winnipeg and we did it at Elmwood. It was so heartwarming and eye-opening to see kids place poppies on the graves of the fallen. I noticed people now working on the big black iron fence that surrounds it. That’s a huge job! Did you know Elmwood Cemetery is run as a not for profit and is a registered charity. You can help with maintenance with a donation that go towards programs that will insure the guaranteed maintenance and longevity of this historic location. Tax receipts are issued for donations of $20 or more. Click here from more info.