Cemetery Visits



Click on a category below to see illustrative pictures.  Each category has a brief introduction to the topic, and each picture is identified by location.


Animal Statuary

Artistic Statuary

Artistic Stonework

Artwork on Tombstones


Broken/Damaged Tombstone


Etchings Pictures on Tombstone

Famous Cemeteries in Los Angeles

Famous People

Historic Cemeteries


Medal of Honor

Metal Fences and Gates

Military Medallions

Military Tombstones

Organizational Medallions

Organizational Memorials


Symbols & Traditions

Tombstones with Stories/Epitaphs



Broken/Damaged Tombstones

Vandalism is a serious problem in cemeteries. Theft is one reason, since there are beautiful works of art in some cemeteries, but also there are pranksters wanting unique souvenirs or teenagers bent on criminal mischief. Whatever the reason, the result is dismaying destruction that likely will go unrepaired. It is very expensive to repair a tombstone and almost impossible to make it look good. Of course, some tombstones fall apart with age. Weather and time take their toll, and again they are left to crumble because it is too expensive and too difficult to repair them, especially if there is no family member available to tend the grave.


Broken and repaired tombstone - Beth El Cemetery - Cheyenne, WY

Head broken off statue on tombstone (probably by vandals) - Holy Cross Cemetery - Houston, TX

Some kind of mold - Lexington Cemetery -  Lexington, KY




Head broken off statue - Lexington Cemetery - Lexington, KY













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