Wreaths Across America

REMEMBER the Fallen. . . HONOR those who Serve. . . TEACH our children the value of Freedom.  In December, a Wreaths Across America event will be held at Parsons Cemetery to Remember and Honor our veterans through the laying of Remembrance wreaths on the graves of our country’s fallen heroes and the act of saying the name of each and every veteran aloud.  More than 1,300 veterans are laid to rest in Parsons Cemetery and each year we gather to honor these veterans.

In partnership with Operation: We Care, the event includes a procession, keynote speaker, laying of honor wreaths for each branch of our armed services, and the laying of a remembrance wreath on each monument of a veteran.

Spring Clean-up Day

Spring Clean-up Day – At the start of the Spring season, a group of volunteers helps to beautify and clean the cemetery for our impending visitors.  If you are interested in assisting in this endeavor, please reach out to us.  We would love to have you.

six girls standing beside harps at the Parsons Cemetery

Musical Concerts / Recitals

Mill Stone Circle on Memorial Walk at Parsons Cemetery has a beautiful view of the pond, banked by trees, and fantastic acoustics.  Enjoy music as you enjoy the beauty of nature. Pictured is Ms. Kara Dahl Russel, Adjunct Professor at Salisbury University’s Fulton School, who teaches privately, and is an internationally recognized Interdisciplinary Performing Artist.  Ms. Russell and her harp students perform a free summer recital of mostly classical music at this beautiful Mill Stone Circle.   If you would like to use Parsons Cemetery for your musical event, please reach out to us.

River at the Parsons Cemetery on a beautiful sunny day

Religious Gatherings

Parsons Cemetery is available for your Church’s gatherings and services.  Parsons Cemetery offers our beautiful collection of trees, waterfront backdrops, and a peaceful atmosphere to bring us closer to the Divine.    If you are interested in connecting your worship to nature, please reach out to us about holding your service at Parsons Cemetery.

Upcoming Events @Parsons-Cemetery

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Honoring Henry Handy

Honoring Henry Handy

Jun 8, 10:30am

Parsons Cemetery

Henry Handy was a member of one of Salisbury's founding families and owners of Pemberton Hall. Henry was buried at Pemberton Hall but was possibly reinterred at Parsons Cemetery. We will be holding a ceremony to honor his service in the Revolutionary War by dedicating a plaque and kiosk telling about him. A similar plaque will be presented at Pemberton hall at 1:00 PM

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Parsons Cemetery's thank you to Salisbury's First Responders

Parsons Cemetery's thank you to Salisbury's First Responders

Sep 11, 8:00am - Sep 11, 9:00am

Parsons Cemetery

Please join Parsons Cemetery in honoring our First Responders on the anniversary of the day their brothers and sisters fought to save those caught in the terrorist attack of 9-11-2001.

Here are five ways you can do it!

Watch our video honoring the First Responders buried at Parsons.

Read each of the 63 names of those resting here.

Visit the cemetery, stop at one of the graves, say thank you.

Tell us if you know of a First Responder buried at Parsons that is not on our list.

Join us at our Wreaths Across America event on December 16th since many First Responders are also Veterans
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Blessing of the Animals

Blessing of the Animals

Oct 6, 2:00pm

Parsons Cemetery

In honor of the Feast of Saint Francis, patron saint of animals, we will be holding our annual Blessing of the Animals at the Delmarva Pet Garden located in Parsons Cemetery. We invite you and your pets to join us for this special event. The event is rain or shine and open to all.

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Veteran's Day at Parsons Cemetery

Veteran's Day at Parsons Cemetery

Nov 11, 10:00am - Nov 11, 12:00pm

Parsons Cemetery

“Protecting our future by remembering our past,” in the words of the Doughboy Foundation (DF), Parsons Cemetery joins others across the country in its annual Bells of Peace Ceremony this Veteran’s Day.

Initiated in 2018 to commemorate the World War I Armistice's 100th anniversary, this ceremony at 11 a.m. on the 11th day of the 11th month honors all Americans who have served their nation and the cherished peace we enjoy because of their dedication and sacrifice, the DF said.

At 11 a.m. that Saturday, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, which owns Parsons Cemetery, will ring its tower bell 21 times. The church’s 8:30 a.m. prayer service will also honor the sacrifice of veterans. It usually lasts about half an hour.

At Parsons, the on-sit office opens at 10 a.m. with a display of Dr. Brent Zaprowski's new and unpublished Veteran's Self-guided Walking Tour memorializing the WWI veterans. Some 300 veterans of the “War to End All Wars” are interred at the cemetery, said Zaprowski, a member of the Parsons Advisory Committee. The office will remain open until 11:30 a.m. and all are invited. At 10:15 a.m., a guided walking tour starts, focusing on the graves of all veterans, from the War of 1812 onward. Carol Smith, who drafted the original tour, will lead. A moment of silence will be observed as the "Bells of Peace" ring. Some 1,238 men from Wicomico County were mobilized during WWI, Zaprowski added, and worldwide over nine million combatants and seven million civilians died.

Smith, also an advisory committee member and history buff, said the first public celebration of Armistice Day was in 1919. In 1954 it was renamed Veterans Day.

All are invited to the St. Peter’s prayer service and to Parsons for the walking tours. St. Peter’s is located at 115 St. Peter’s St. downtown. Parsons is located at 912 N. Division St. For more information call 410-749-6571.

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Wreaths Across America at Parsons Cemetery

Wreaths Across America at Parsons Cemetery

Dec 14, 8:00am - Dec 14, 10:00am

Parsons Cemetery Salisbury, MD

Parsons Cemetery will participate in this national event to honor the nearly 1400 veterans buried at our cemetery. Gates open at 9:00. Parade starts at 9:30. Ceremony at 10:00 followed by placement of wreaths

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