3pm-5pm. Friends of the San Marcos Cemetery and Heritage Association. Educational, entertaining, and inspirational tribute to veterans and stroll through the historic city cemetery. Self-paced.
The Friends of the San Marcos Cemetery and the Heritage Association of San Marcos have joined forces to organize a “Cemetery Walk” at the San Marcos City Cemetery for Saturday, October 27, from 3pm to 5pm.
Using the theme “If the Dead Could Talk…,” the Cemetery Walk promises to be an educational, entertaining and inspirational stroll through the historic city cemetery. The self-paced tour will take participants to the gravesites of more than a dozen men and women who served their country in the military.
The tribute to veterans was selected for the two groups’ initial cemetery walk because of the veterans’ significant, selfless contributions to both their country and their community, the number of veterans living in San Marcos and the fact that the walk is scheduled just a little more than a week before Veterans Day.
Members of the San Marcos High School Drama Department, under the direction of Jack Moore, will portray the honored veterans and their families at each of the designated gravesites. Through short monologues, they will share historical information about each individual, focusing on the contributions each made to our community and to the nation.
Co-chairing the joint venture are Amanda and Josh Erwin, who opened their law practice in downtown San Marcos last year. An interest in local history and in community service spurred the new Heritage Association members to volunteer to take the lead in organizing the first cemetery walk.
"We are so excited to help bring to life the rich history that is found in the Cemetery through the help of the talented students at the San Marcos High School, and hope to create an annual tradition of exploring the intriguing and inspirational stories of the remarkable people buried in the Cemetery,” says Amanda Erwin about the upcoming walk."
The planning committee has set ticket prices at $10 for adults and $5 for students of all ages over 12. There will be no charge for admission for children under 12. Tickets will be sold by members of both organizations and will be available for purchase at the Cottage Kitchen during the Friday luncheons, beginning in September. Additional ticket outlets are anticipated. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit improvements to the historic chapel at the San Marcos City Cemetery.
“We are proud to be part of the Cemetery Walk, which fits in well with our goal to perpetuate customs, traditions and folklore which beautify and enrich our community,” Heritage Association President Jane Hughson said. “The Friends group is an excellent partner for this effort.”
Friends of the San Marcos Cemetery President Pat Murdock said that, for her, the event will be a bit of a ten-year flashback to the Cemetery Walks held at three local cemeteries during San Marcos’s Sesquicentennial Celebration in 2002.
“There are so many stories to tell about folks buried at the San Marcos Cemetery,” Murdock said. “I hope the younger generation – particularly high school and Texas State students – will take advantage of the opportunity to learn more about this valuable historical resource.”.