austin-memorial-parkhonor-guardThere was quite a turnout at Saturday’s historic Texas cemetery dedication ceremony at the Austin Memorial Park on Hancock, probably 100 people in all. The event was the culmination of much work devoted to getting the historic designation. The cemetery dates back to 1927. Sharon Blythe, leader of the Rescue Austin Memorial Park (RAMP), was master of ceremonies. Mayor Lee Leffingwell and Randi Shade were two of the speakers at the event. There was a bagpipe and men dressed in uniform from previous wars and branches of service, a reminder of the various generations that are interred at the cemetery.

Other speakers at the event included Barry Hutchison, Chairman, Travis County Historical Commission, Brigadier General Joyce Stevens with the Texas Army National Guard, Johanne Ibsen-Wolford, VP, Zach Theater (Zachary Scott is interred there), and Karen Thompson, President/Founder-Save Texas Cemeteries. Allandale was well represented in the crowd. ANA President, Donna Beth McCormick was there as was ANA EC member, Peggy Maceo and former ANA EC member Joe Reynolds and his wife Carolyne. I suspect there are number of Allandale residents with family members buried there.

sharon-blytheThe historic plaque unveiled at the ceremony (click on image of plaque above) provides a history of the park including some of the well-known locals who are interred there. Although windy, it was a pleasant morning for the ceremony.  One could not help but come away from Saturday’s dedication feeling the significance of the 96 acre cemetery to Austin.