Walt Whitman was born on May 31, 1819 and this year is his 200th birthday. He was buried at our very own Harleigh Cemetery in Camden, New Jersey on March 30, 1892. Today we honor and celebrate his life and what he meant to this country.
Life and Legacy
Whitman was born in Huntington, NY, and was the second of nine children. He is best known for Leaves of Grass, a collection of poetry which went through six editions and nine successive printings between 1855 and 1892. Walt Whitman’s work allowed readers to question what they knew about their country, war, sexuality, and religion. He was not afraid to speak on topics that were considered immoral, and was eventually know as the “poet of democracy”. Today, his work is available in multiple languages and is a celebrated masterpiece.
Why We Celebrate
Walt Whitman sparked new ideas and ways of thinking about the world through his work. His courage was an inspiration and is still celebrated today. This is why we honor his life and how his work affected the nation over 150 years ago. His influence can still be felt today.
Harleigh Cemetery is a magnificent historic cemetery and crematory located in Collingswood and Camden, New Jersey. Established in 1885 and set on over 150 acres with rolling hills, lakes, and thousands of trees, it is the final resting place for hundreds of venerated individuals. Here are a few graves to visit to pay your respects.
Poet and author of acclaimed “Leaves of Grass”, Walt Whitman took great care in designing his final resting place and is visited by many each year. Whitman is remembered for his contributions to literature as the father of free verse and as a transcendentalist.
George C. Burling
As a Union Army officer in the Civil War, George C. Burling was instrumental in the Battle of Gettysburg. He organized several militias and his contributions to the army are longlasting. Burling is buried among several other Civil War heroes.
American Jazz drummer Charlie Rice played among Jazz’s most prominent stars, including John Coltrane, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, and Chet Baker. Rice was born in Philadelphia at a time when Jazz was spreading like wildfire across the country. He died at the age of 98 in 2018.
Ella Reeve Bloor
Also known as “Mother Bloor”, she was a rebellious political organizer born in 1862. She was instrumental in the women’s suffrage movement and was a prolific essayist in the socialist, labor, and communist movements.
The reason many Americans know the poetry form, Haiku, is likely to Nick Virgilio’s credit. Virgilio popularized the Japanese poetry style throughout the twentieth century and was often featured on radio shows. His famous poem “Lily” is engraved on his headstone. Learn more about Nick Virgilio.
Louis Cicalese, cemetery trustee in New Jersey is president of the board of the historic Harleigh Cemetery and serves as an advisor to a number of non-profit cemetery organizations in New Jersey.
For Memorial Day, Camden County’s Harleigh Cemetery will honor the courageous men and women lost while making the ultimate sacrifice for the United States of America.
CAMDEN, N. J. (PRWEB) May 20, 2019 – Harleigh Cemetery will honor the lives of the brave men and women of the armed forces who made the ultimate sacrifice at the annual Memorial Day service organized by the Camden County Freeholder Board. The service will honor the lives of the heroes lost and pay respect to the families of the fallen, showing gratitude for the selfless sacrifices both the families and the fallen have given serving with the United States military.
The cemetery itself provides families and visitors a peaceful, historical and beautiful environment to remember and honor the lives of their loved ones. Harleigh Cemetery overlooks the Cooper River and stands as one of the most respected cemeteries in the region due to its natural beauty and historical prominence. Harleigh Cemetery established the Veterans Cemetery on the grounds which was dedicated in 2007 by Camden County. As one of the oldest cemeteries in New Jersey, it was listed on the New Jersey Register of Historic places in 1995. The Veterans Cemetery at Harleigh is the final resting place for hundreds of fallen soldiers, including 300 civil war veterans.
This annual memorial service is important to the community, families, and the soldiers who lost treasured friends and fellow soldiers. On the service, Louis Cicalese, President of the Harleigh Cemetery Board of Trustees says, “Establishing a dedicated burial ground and proper resting place for the lives lost while making the greatest sacrifice for our country is something that the board and county is committed to”, said Cicalese. “We proudly serve the families and community of Camden County.”
During the memorial service, veterans will receive medals in reverence for their courageous service.
About Harleigh Cemetery Harleigh Cemetery was established in 1885 and is the final resting place to hundreds of veterans, including 300 Civil War veterans. The cemetery is also the resting place of acclaimed poet, Walt Whitman. It’s located on over 150 acres of land that features lakes, hills and thousands of beautiful trees. In 2000, Louis Cicalese, owner of Cemetery Development Company, Inc. was appointed to the Board of the Harleigh Cemetery Association, becoming the youngest to hold the position in the cemetery’s 100-year history.