On Thursday, May 21 Blythefield Memorial Gardens held their 19th annual Girl and Boy Scout Memorial Day Event. Each year the family owned business celebrates and pays honor to veterans by inviting Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts to place flags on graves of every veteran in the gardens.
The event begins with a flag ceremony, followed by a brief history of Memorial Day given by Alexis Clemens the director of the gardens. After placement of the flags the family and staff then provide a cookout for everyone.
The cemetery was developed in 1957 and Fran and Herb Clemens (grandparents of Alexis) took over ownership in 1962. Since then, the Clemens family, have been taking care of their customers for over 6 decades.
Curt and Ron Clemens (second generation and brothers) now own the cemetery. Third generation, Alexis is a director of the company and Cameron and Nicholas are very involved as well. It is family effort to provide great service to their customers.
The family takes great pride in being recognized as one of the most well maintained cemeteries in the state of Michigan. Alexis Clemens states that “being such a close knit family run business, we make sure to treat each and everyone of our customers as if they were a part of our family.”
“I have people come up to me all the time when I’m at the cemetery, telling me how great my grandma was to their family during the difficult time of losing a loved one….Out of painful times we remember compassion…” Alexis is happy that her family can help other families when they need it the most.
A Memorial Day service was also held on Monday, May 25 at 11:30 am. It was a a great time for the community to get together and honor our veterans.