Military Veterans Memorial Salute: Thursday, May 25, 2023

All Are Invited!

Please join us to honor our 500+ Military Veterans resting in peace at Mt. Olivet on Thursday, May 25, 2023 from 12noon to 2pm. Our annual gathering includes families of veterans, Cedar Cliff High School JROTC Cadets, American Legion William H. Nauss Post #143 members, and other friends of Mt. Olivet. Flags are placed at individual gravesites and we stand together as we honor our brave veterans, the JROTC Color Guard raises a bright, new US Flag at the Memorial Flagpole, and “Taps” echoes through the grounds. All are invited. No reservations necessary. 

Salute at graves on Memorial Day
CCHS JROTC Color Guard

Military Veterans’ Gravestone Cleaning

Please Support!

Over 100 veterans’ gravestones have been cleaned of mold and grime by volunteers over the past year.  Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, Sargent James Kirk’s gravestone is one example.  Funds from our Memorial Beautification Fund are used to buy special cleaning solvent for our volunteers.  You can support this effort and have your family gravestones cleaned by donating to the Beautification Fund.

Kirk headstone clean-up

Mt. Olivet Memorial Beautification Fund

Please Donate!

We thank the growing list of families who have contributed to the Mt. Olivet Memorial Beautification Fund and ask all families to consider donating.  These funds help us go beyond standard maintenance and improvements to create memorial gardens, install park benches, plant new trees, clean Veterans’ gravestones, tuckpoint stone columns, repair the antique water pump, spread more mulch, and more.

Any amount is appreciated. Gifts of $100 will receive complementary cleaning of a family gravestone.  Gifts of $500 or more are recognized with a memorial plaque.  What beautification would you like to help fund?

Please send your donations to:

Mt. Olivet Memorial Beautification Fund
P.O. Box 192
New Cumberland, PA. 17070

Bench and Pump
Russell Kohr Bench
New Garden
New mulch
Tuckpointing

Ongoing Beautification Initiatives: Healthy Grass and Trees

We realize the paramount importance to all our families of having beautiful grounds surrounding their loved ones’ gravesites.  And we’re very pleased to hear positive comments from families as our healthy grass and tree initiatives take root.  The grass throughout the cemetery is healthier thanks to ongoing efforts from our general manager, Sam Brinley and groundskeepers.  Grass killer is no longer applied around gravestones, new seeding is more aggressive, and edging around gravestones is sharper.  All this requires more labor and expense but well worth the investment for cemetery beauty.

We continue to monitor the health of all trees and trim low hanging branches. More than a dozen new trees were planted this past year thanks to Beautification Fund donations. We were sorry to lose two giant beech trees a few years ago but disease had taken over and the threat to visitors and memorial stones became too great. Tree stump removal is ongoing. And the huge pile of fallen tree debris in the corner of the cemetery has been removed.

Healthy Trees Initiative

Cottage Improvements Continue

Our cemetery office and maintenance garage can now truly be called a cottage with new windows, shutters, pressure washing, roof repairs, exterior/interior cleaning and painting, plumbing and electrical work, park benches, sidewalk garden, water barrel, and new signage and newsletter box. Besides being more functional and efficient, our cottage complements the park-like atmosphere we strive for.

Cottage Improvement

Family Participation Invited

Many have asked if they can plant grass, edge and mulch around their family gravesites, to which we reply… YES! Water is available in the barrel outside the “Cottage” and debris can be placed along any cemetery road or by the cottage for groundskeepers to take away. Please let us know how we can help your efforts.

New edging

Mt. Olivet “Best of 2022 Cemetery”!

New Cumberland Best of 2022

We’re honored to be recognized as the “Best of 2022 Cemetery” by the New Cumberland Award Program. The annual program identifies local businesses that provide exceptional services to their customers and our community.

Help Spread the Good News

We thank Mt. Olivet families for recognizing and supporting our efforts to improve their cemetery. Special thanks to those who tell us and others about the positive happenings at Mt. Olivet. A few of our favorite Google reviews are posted here.  We invite all to post reviews on how we’re doing at this link: https://g.page/r/CTVMCC3hfPQuEAg/review.

Website & Quarterly Newsletter Communication

To help keep families aware of what’s going on at Mt. Olivet, we try to keep this website up to date as well as publish quarterly newsletters that are available via the website homepage, in boxes at the cemetery, and mailed or emailed to families.  If you would like to be on the mailing list, please send your home and/or email address to info@mtolivetcemetery.org.

History of Mt. Olivet Cemetery Available Here

In 2022 we were invited to present “A History of Mt. Olivet Cemetery” to the Friends of New Cumberland Library Cultural Series.  We were pleased that many of the friends of the library have family members at Mt. Olivet. A copy of our history presentation can be accessed here.

“Behind The Iron Gate”, a song about Mt. Olivet

We’re pleased to share this wonderful story and music written and performed by Rebecca Saylor, part of the Mt. Olivet family.

Hello, 

My sister says we have 7 generations at Mt Olivet, and I believe my family epitomizes your mission statement about gathering- We gather there often. (INTERRED: Saurman, Dierich, Getz, Hoover, Danner, Wrightstone, Coble, Rupp, Hampshire, Williams, Breneman, Mast, Keller, Johnson, Shorter, Marshall…probably more…) 

Just prior to my Fathers death and burial last year, I wrote a song about how I feel about my visits to Mt Olivet Cemetery, highlighting some of the vignettes of my personal connections because I was afraid my feelings might change when my Dad was gone.

I love the cemetery so much, I think you will hear why in my song. 

Please enjoy.

Most Sincerely,

Rebecca Saylor

Behind The Iron Gate