The transfer of ownership and dedication of the American Legion Committal Building at Grove Cemetery was held this past Saturday.
The Grove Cemetery Association Fiscal Officer Roger Crowe explains what a committal building is, “It is a structure so that the people can be in and out of the elements when they have a graveside service, so the people don’t necessarily have to go to the graveside for a funeral, they can go to the building and have their service there where it’s out of the rain and the wind and the snow and everything.”
Crowe said the American Legion came to the Cemetery Board in April and said they had funds that they would like to contribute for the building. The building is dedicated to veterans, but can be used by anyone according to Crowe, “It’s free of charge, so it’s their choice. They can still have a tent at the gravesde if they would like, but the building’s available for everyone free of charge.”
Crowe said the dedication ceremony went well on Saturday, “We had a nice crowd. It was comfortable inside the building, and we had a proclamation in that the American Legion officially turned ownership of the building over to Grove Cemetery, and then a few words were spoken by Larry Phillips, from the American Legion and Jerry Layman from Grove Cemetery.”
The 20 by 40 building could house up to 100 people.and sits in Section J of Grove Cemetery.