2016 Centro Day of the Dead 5K

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While the 6th Annual Day of the Dead 5K has passed, Oakwood is once again excited to have been a part of a long going collaboration! This year, runners and walkers geared up and headed through a course with the cemetery being a large part. Many painted their faces in decorative sugar skulls and still others opted for more contemporary styles. The event allows many families to dress up and run, but it also raises money for the Brentwood Boys & Girls Club so that children can have access to school supplies and activities to enhance learning and creativity. Some of the children from this club even came out to run in the race and contributed to the sugar skull posters used to help runners and a few lost “souls” reaching the finish line.

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Local downtown restaurant, Centro, also set up an even more elaborate table of remembrance compared to last year’s. The table, known as ofrenda honors those who have passed on such as ancestors and friends.

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Keep an eye for 2017 Centro Day of the Dead 5K! And remember, we are always looking for amazing volunteers who help make these events so successful!

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5th Annual Wreaths Across America 2016

This year Historic Oakwood Cemetery is proud to sponsor our 5th Wreaths Across America. The purpose of this event is to remember and honor fallen U.S. veterans and those who serve. As Karen Worcester, Executive Director of Wreaths Across America said, “We are not here to ‘decorate graves.’ We’re here to remember not their deaths, but their lives.’ These wreaths mean more than an act of kindness and signify the remembrance and gratefulness of citizens across the nation.

Oakwood’s goal this year is to have 1,000 wreaths in the Field of Honor. Volunteers will lay the wreaths out on the graves in a ceremony on December 17, 2016 at 12:00 pm. Wreaths only cost $15. More information can be found through the link below.

https://wreaths.fastport.com/donateLocation.html?page=16689

Please consider making a donation by buying a wreath and volunteering at Historic Oakwood Cemetery for the ceremony!