RUSSELL HAVEN OF REST CEMETERY Contemplations Memorial Day at RHR Cemetery You are Invited... On Monday, May 29th at 10am, we will be holding our fourth annual Memorial Day service on the grounds of Russell Haven of Rest under the cover of Vietnam era tents. If you are a Vietnam Veteran come smell a memory. We will have a display of restored WWII military vehicles, a sample of memorabilia from the planned Clay County Military Museum and patriotic music. The ceremony will feature guest speaker, State Rep. Jennifer Carroll. In 2003, Jennifer won her election for State House of Representatives, District 13 and was reelected in 2004. She is the first African-American female Republican ever to be elected to the Florida Legislature. Currently, Jennifer is the Vice-Chair of the Ethics and Election Committee and serves on the Finance & Tax, Growth Management and Business Regulation Committees in addition to her duties as Majority Whip. Jennifer is the former Executive Director of Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs. She was responsible for the claims and benefits of over 1.8 million veterans. Under her leadership, more than $63 million in retroactive compensation was awarded to Florida veterans. Jennifer enlisted in the Navy in 1979. She rose through the ranks from an enlisted Jet Mechanic and retired as a highly decorated Lieutenant Commander Aviation Maintenance Officer after 20-years. V O LU M E 3 , I SS U E 2 A P R IL , M A Y & JUNE 2006 IN MEMORY OF IN MEMORY OF Alexander Oldano Ermon Howard, Jr. Virgil Snapp Adell Floyd Harry Reed Brian Lester Loyd Bush Emily Fields Allen Combs Kevin Rogers Robert Lange Retha Anderson Eula Latimer Cecilia Marie Haim Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Trivia 1. How many steps does the guard take during his walk across the tomb of the Unknowns and why? 2. How long does he hesitate after his about face to begin his return walk and why? 3. Why are his gloves wet? 4. Does he carry his rifle on the same shoulder all the time and if not, why not? 5. How often are the guards changed? 6. What are the physical traits of the guard limited to? • William Young Cheryl Crumpley Norman Thomas RUSSELL HAVEN OF REST “a family owned, community cemetery” • The Campbell Family Jerry, Sue, Alicia Josh and Anna Olmstead Special Day On January 14, 2006, families and friends celebrated the blessing of the marriage of Anna Campbell and Joshua Olmstead at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Jacksonville. After a reception at Timuquana Country Club, Anna and Josh honeymooned in Mexico. They reside in Jacksonville, but have plans to move closer to RHR Cemetery as soon as possible. Russell Haven of Rest Cemetery 2315 Sandridge Rd. Green Cove Springs, Fl 32043 Phone: (904) 284-7720 Fax: (904) 284-6656 www.rhrcemetery.com Meet the Staff Josh Olmstead is the newest family member on staff. Josh is coming to us as a new son-in-law who is married to Anna. He brings a maturity that has grown because of his work and military experience. His work ethic, honesty, enthusiasm, and quick smile make him a valued addition. With good character in place, he will learn all aspects of the cemetery operation. Josh and Anna will continue to uphold the high standards that have been established at RHR Cemetery: to serve the families of our community. Proverbs 22:1 states “A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches.” Answers to Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Trivia 1. The guard takes 21 steps during his walk. It is a representation of the 21 gun salute, which is the highest honor given any military or foreign dignitary. Cemetery Hours: Gates open 7 am until 7 pm. Office Hours: Monday-Friday: 9-5 Saturday and Evenings by appointment GriefShare Each Monday at 6:30 pm 2. He hesitates 21 seconds after his about face. 3. His gloves are moistened to prevent him from losing his grip on the rifle. 4. He carries the rifle on the shoulder away from the tomb. After his march across the path, he executes an about face and moves the rifle to the outside shoulder. 5. The guards are changed every thirty minutes, twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year. 6. For a person to apply for guard duty at the Tomb, he must be between 5’10” and 6’2” tall and his waist size cannot exceed 30 inches. He must commit two years of his life to guard the tomb. Just for laughs… After a cancelled flight, anxious passengers mobbed the ticket counter. The airline agents were doing their best to rebook passengers quickly, but a demanding passenger pushed to the front of the line, pounded on the counter, and shouted repeatedly, “You have to get me on this plane!” Please for safety’s sake, no glass containers can be placed in the cemetery. The agent remained accommodating and unrattled, but the passenger became even more incensed and insulting. “Do you know who you’re talking to?” he shouted. “Do you know who I am?” The agent calmly took the microphone and announced over the intercom, “Ladies and gentlemen, we have a passenger here who doesn’t know who he is. Will someone who knows this passenger please come identify him?” With that, the other passengers broke into applause.