July 2022

Page A4 JULY 2022 FUNERAL HOME & CEMETERY NEWS Se c t i on A R&S MARKERS FREE Sample Upon Request CREATE CUSTOM TEMPORARY GRAVE MARKERS FOR AS LOW AS $4.95 EACH PHONE: 561 .963.4732 EMAIL: INFO@RSMARKERS.COM WWW.RSMARKERS.COM By Nancy Weil I am updating an article I have written before for two reasons. The first is that I truly love this musical and it is my July 4th ritual to watch it and, if you have not seen it, I want to encourage you to give it a try. (You can rent it on Amazon.) The show is also coming back to Broadway this September with a re-imagined diverse cast similar to Hamilton. Whether you watch it in the comfort of your living room or on stage, this show has a lesson to teach us all. 1776 captures the months leading up to the signing of the Declaration of Independence. While not entirely historically accurate, it does give us a peek into what life was like during that time. The Continental Congress is in session in Philadelphia, General Washington is sending dispatches of the situation out in the field and our nation is about to be birthed. Declarations are written, debates are held, tempers flare, alliances form and songs are sung about all of it. However, it is not just for the entertainment that I watch it over and over again. I gain such inspiration from being reminded of what people are willing to do for something they believe in. Many of the members of congress were well off. They left their farms, their families and their livelihoods to serve their country. They were lawyers, planters, merchants and shippers. They all came from different backgrounds, but they all came together to change the course of world history. Random Musings It was not an easy decision to serve in the Continental Congress. They did not see their families for months at a time. Children were born in their absence, others had children die from disease, crops failed, war time shortages impacted their families, yet they remained in Philadelphia. They were dedicated to their cause and no amount of hardship could keep them from their task at hand. Many of them were willing to risk everything, including being tried for treason by signing the Declaration of Independence. They were willing to wage war for freedom. They were willing to accept death as a possibility. They were willing to be seen by history as either traitors or patriots. While we now know the outcome, they did not as they debated each sentence of the Declaration committee’s proposal for independence from British rule. On July 2, 1776 independence was declared. On July 4, 1776 the Continental Congress passed the resolution and on August 2, 1776 it was signed. Today we celebrate the 4th of July with fireworks and barbeques. We gather, as safely as we can during a pandemic, with family and friends. We travel over the long weekend and never give much thought to the sacrifices it took in order for the United States of America to be born. It began with a group of men willing to risk everything to push forward the idea of independence. It began with a group of women willing to run the households, the farms and the family in order for their husbands to reside in Philadelphia. It began with an army 1776 Serving as Member Resources Director at the International Order of the Golden Rule, Nancy Weil brings her years of experience working in the funeral industry to funeral directors across the globe. Her professional experience includes serving as Director of Grief Support and Community Outreach at Veterans Funeral Care in Clearwater, FL and at eleven cemeteries in Western New York. Nancy travels throughout the country offering presentations on how to reduce stress, combat compassion fatigue and offer support for those who are grieving through her company, The Laugh Academy. With certifications as a Grief Services Provider and Grief ManagementSpecialist, FuneralCelebrant, Soul InjuryAmbassador and Laughter Leader, Nancy is uniquely qualified to bring new perspectives into how to best meet the needs of the families you serve. For more information on how Nancy can help you and your company grow, visit her website: www.TheLaughAcademy.com or email Nancy@TheLaughAcademy.com. F U N E R A L H O M E & C E M E T E R Y N E W S w w w . N o m i s P u b l i c a t i o n s . c o m Monthly Columnsonline at of young soldiers on both sides who fought a long war before our independence was achieved. Our country was born 246 years ago by a group of men who had the foresight, the integrity, the commitment and the courage to put forth to the world our right to “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” May we take a moment or two this month to remember what so many sacrificed, both then and in so many wars since, in order for us to live in the freedom we take for granted. May we never take for granted the fragility of this democracy and do our part to keep it going into the future. God Bless America. G L E N D A L E , C A — Forest Lawn Memorial-Park Association is proud to announce the appointment of R. Scott Jenkins to the role of chairman of the board, effective May 24, 2022. Forest Lawn Announces Appointment of R. Scott Jenkins as New Board Chair R. Scott Jenkins Jenkins has served on the board of directors of Forest Lawn Memorial-Park Association since 2003 and assumes this role following the passing of John F. Llewellyn, former Forest Lawn Memorial-Park Association chairman of the board, in April 2022. “We are thrilled that Scott is stepping into the role of chairman after so many years of generous service to Forest Lawn. His business acumen and natural leadership will be invaluable, as we continue to grow and support our communities. I’m personally grateful to have his steady hand at the helm of our board of directors,” shares Darin B. Drabing, president and CEO of Forest Lawn. A resident of San Marino, CA, Jenkins is an Attorney-at-Law and Partner (former Managing Partner) at Hahn & Hann LLP in Pasadena, where he has worked since 1985. His practice involves general business matters and real estate, with a specialty in land use. Jenkins is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where he earned his J.D., previously graduating with honors from the University of Berkeley with an A.B. in Economics. Active in the community, Jenkins currently serves on the boards of directors for Huntington Memorial Hospital and Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association (past president). He is also a past president of the San Marino School Board and the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. Jenkins is active with San Marino Community Church, where is an elder and past president of the Church Foundation. Jenkins has been honored with awards from the Pasadena Senior Center and San Marino Unified School District and was named San Marino Citizen of the Year in 2002. He and his wife have two grown children and two grandchildren. For more than a century, Forest Lawn has been an integral part of Southern California. Since its founding, Forest Lawn has committed itself to providing outstanding service and beautiful environments for family outings, remembering loved ones and commemorating holidays. Forest Lawn’s locations in the Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties serve all faiths and cultures, and offer a wide range of celebrations and special events with competitively priced cremation and traditional funeral services throughout Southern California. Glendale – FD 656. @Nomis.Publications Like us on