Union Cemetery to hold Memorial Day event

Historic Union Cemetery to hold Memorial Day event

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The historic Union Cemetery at 316 Woodside Road in Redwood City will host a Memorial Day event featuring music, speeches, the decorating of graves, and the traditional anvil firing as the community gathers to honor soldiers.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Monday, May 29.

As parking can be challenging, organizers encourage biking, walking, and carpooling to Union Cemetery. Transportation to seating area is available for folks who need assistance.

Union Cemetery is a California Historic Landmark and listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the oldest burial grounds in San Mateo County. The cemetery has been closed, officially, since 1918, although Redwood City administrators used it as a paupers’ field, which is defined as a place for the burial of unknown, unclaimed or indigent people. During the Depression, those unable to afford a more prominent place continued to bury their loved ones at Union Cemetery. 

Read more about the cemetery here.