Bardstown man outraged at cemetery's removal of mementos


by Chelsea Rabideau

Posted on January 14, 2013 at 1:03 AM

BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WHAS11) – When loved ones die, the grief can be crippling.

What helps many cope is being able to visit a gravesite for a final connection.

Beautiful flower arrangements, adorning rows of headstones is some of the beauty featured in the Bardstown Cemetery.

Each token carefully selected and placed by loved ones left behind.

Jimmy Breeden takes solace in bringing flowers and holiday decorations to his mother’s grave.

He visits his mother Shirley’s gravesite every other day bringing flowers and mementos placing them on her tombstone until one day, they disappeared.

"They come through and took all of ours and threw it in the shed and they took a lot of people's out of their pots and they left some people's, so I don't understand," Breeden said.

According to Bardstown Mayor Bill Sheckles, Cemetery workers will occasionally sweep through and clear anything that’s in violation of the cemetery rules.

WHAS11 checked the posted rules and they state that flowers and tokes placed on tombstones and in the attached pots are allowed.

“There's rules over there that says if it's on the tombstone or in the pots that it is acceptable and they took my mother's flowers out of her flower pots in her tombstone and that is unacceptable in my book."

Answers for the removal of his precious gifts are hard to come by.

"I talked to the mayor and I never really got an answer about who ordered what's going on," Breeden said.

Breeden says he’s been told there have been changes to policy at the cemetery but they’ve never been informed what those changes are.

In the end, Breeden says he wants to know that he can visit his mother’s grave and leave loving gifts without worrying they’ll be disturbed.