Tomb of Anton Cermak, Czech-born mayor of Chicago, USA. Chicago, Bohemian National Cemetery, Section 21
Many of the Eastland Disaster victims were of Czech and Slovak descent, and the Bohemian National Cemetery became the final resting place for approximately 150 victims. This is the highest number of victims' bodies buried at any Chicago cemetery. In fact, the number was so great, Section 16 at the cemetery was opened immediately following the disaster to accommodate the large number of bodies.
A replica of a vine covered wall from Wrigley Field (containing cremation niches)
"Beyond the Vines," offers Cubs fans the next best thing to a final resting place under Wrigley's center field bleachers.
Covered in ivy, with a "scoreboard" perpetually set to 1:20 p.m., Vines' 24-foot-high brick wall mimics Wrigley Field's but is actually a columbarium, which is similar to a mausoleum, only for urns, not caskets.
A Solid bronze by Albin Polasek is one of the highlights of Bohemian National Cemetery. Larger than life, "The Pilgrim" is caught mid-stride, headed toward the Stejskal Mausoleum. If you dare to peek beneath the hood, the statue is clearly a depiction of a woman.
Legend has it that if she ever reaches her destination and enters the mausoleum doors, Doomsday has arrived.
Mothers Day Service has been
Memorial Day Service
Bohemian National Cemetery was founded in 1877 by eight Bohemian benevolent societies “to provide a suitable burial site for persons of Bohemian birth or extraction.” Ten years later, the cemetery was opened to all nationalities on a nonsectarian basis. John V. Benes laid out the first burial sections in the initial 40 acres using a plan similar to Chicago's street grid. An expansion to the east and south, with graceful curving sections, was mapped in 1902 by August Petrtyl. In 1906 acclaimed landscape architect Jens Jensen designed the 60 acres to the north. Bohemian National Cemetery now encompasses about 124 acres. The entrance has an 1893 Gothic Revival gatehouse, with an adjoining Arts and Crafts style waiting room added in 1907. The Renaissance Revival crematorium/columbarium, with decoration by artist John A. Mallin, was dedicated in 1919. A Classical Revival office building was built in 1926. The cemetery features memorials to veterans of the Civil War, Spanish American War, and World Wars I and II. Family mausoleums, monuments, and statuary are found throughout the cemetery. Bohemian National Cemetery was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2006.
The cemetery does not permit raised graves. any grave that is raised by a private owner will be leveled by the cemetery staff, at the owner's expense. New graves will be tamped and leveled in a timely manner by the cemetery. The care and maintenance of the grave marker is the "responsibility" of the individual grave site owner. The cemetery is not responsible for maintenance or repair of the grave marker.
The planting of perennial plants is not permitted. The planting of bushes or evergreens is not permitted. All such plantings will be removed without notice.
Fencing, stripping, bricks or any other method of marking a grave or lot is not permitted and such materials will be removed immediately.
All non-granite, broken and illegible memorials, curbing and corner steps will be removed and the area graded to lot level to produce unobstructed areas and sections, which can then be maintained with modern equipment.
Please park on the paved roads only. Do not drive or park on any grassy near a roadway as there may be burials there. Areas of damaged grass are costly to repair and detract from the overall beauty of the cemetery.
Your cooperation is requested to maintain the cemetery in a clean and neat appearing condition. The management has provided trash containers along the roads and near the office and gatehouse buildings. Please use these containers and refrain from littering the grounds.
Take a drive and view the interesting markers
Evergreen blankets are not permitted. Any evergreen placed on any grave or lot will be removed at the lot owner's expense.
Artificial wreaths must be placed on stands or easels Wreaths purchased from the cemetery office include stands and easels.
No Balloons on graves ! Mylar and rubber.
Memorial Day Service
May 20, 2020
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