McRill Memorial Cemetery
"A Place of Community Pride"
Over 100 Years of Service to the Kinder Community
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Some people live and their presence is known... Some people live and their
presence is felt.
Each headstone represents a story to be told, a past to be remembered.
They are not gone who live in the hearts of those they leave behind.
We understand death for the first time when He puts His hand on the one we love.
Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal.
Death does not intervene in God's overall plan.
Death is the golden key that opens the palace of eternity.
Earth Has No Sorrow That Heaven Cannot Heal.
Because He lives.... I can face tomorrow.
O to be ready when death shall come!
O to be ready to hasten home!
And sweetly, gently, to pass away
From earth's dim twilight into day.
In Loving Memory of Those Who Have Gone On Ahead in Year 2014
* Denotes Veteran
|Kenneth Grove Thomas|
|Miriam B. Elam|
|Claudia Ann Odom Hildalgo|
|Francis Duplachan, Jr.|
Thanks be to God for their lives...
May their soul rest in eternal peace!
The Kinder McRill Memorial Cemetery is honored to be the final resting place for the area's only Medal of Honor recipient-- 1LT Douglas B. Fournet. 1LT Fournet, a native of nearby Lake Charles, heroically and gallantly gave his life to save his fellow man in the Republic of Vietnam on 4 May 1968. The MOH Citation of 1LT Fournet reads, "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty." Read the entire Citation and view a larger photo of 1LT Fournet on the "List of Veterans Page".
Avenue of Flags
The Kinder Cemetery Association establishes its "Avenue of Flags" in the Kinder McRill Memorial Cemetery each Memorial Day. On this special occasion, 85 large casket flags are flown along the main driveways in the cemetery. These casket flags were earlier presented to family members "on behalf of a grateful Nation" at the time of their loved one's interment. The flags are proudly flown to honor the memory of those who served, sacrificed, suffered, bled, and, in some cases, died for their country. Additionally, a small American flag is displayed at the grave of each veteran buried in the cemetery. To all veterans, living and dead, this is our way of saying "Thank You" for what you have done for this country. May God help us to always remember. To read the history of how the Avenue of Flags got started, go to: Avenue of Flags
Memorial Day 2014 Ceremony
The Kinder Cemetery Association held its 19th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony and Avenue of Flags in the Kinder McRill Memorial Cemetery at 9:30 AM on Monday, 26 May 2014.
The ceremony was held to honor and pay tribute to all those who made the supreme sacrifice in all of America's wars from the Revolutionary War up to the present time.
Colonel Don Ladner, US Army Retired, delivered the Memorial Day address-- "They fought for our freedom".
In the tradition of Civil War times, young flower girls from the community placed fresh flowers on the graves of all veterans buried in the cemetery. All veterans and surviving spouses of veterans in attendance were recognized.
SW LA Chapter 215, Vietnam
Veterans of America, performed as both Color Guard
and Honor Guard. A Roll Call and Tolling of the Bell
was conducted for the 145 veterans buried or
memorialized in the Kinder Cemetery.
Annual Membership Drive/Annual Dues Collection Suspended
The Board of Directors has decided that those individuals who belonged to the Association in the year 2003 would be "grand fathered" in as future KCA Association members without further payment of annual member dues each year. Voluntary financial contributions, however, will still be accepted and will be applied to cemetery maintenance and improvements.
Also, the Board
sought and was granted Tax Exempt Status from the IRS under Section 501
(c) (13) cemeteries which will help with the tax liabilities on any
Wrought Iron Fence Project Finally Completed
In 1996, a project was begun to change the appearance of the Kinder Cemetery. A brick entranceway would be built and as donations were received a wrought iron fence would be installed to replace the old chain link fence.
In 1999, one half of the wrought iron fence was constructed across the West side of the cemetery and in 2001 the fence was completed across the entire West side.
After twelve years, the wrought iron fence project
was finally completed in 2007 with the construction and erection of the fence
along the East side. Our thanks to all who had a hand in the completion
of this improvement project.
Members of the KCA Board of Directors are shown below as they install
The completed wrought iron fence along the North side of the cemetery.
wrought iron fence along the East side of the cemetery.
Road Paving Project Completed
In October 2007, work was undertaken to pave
the roadway into and out of the cemetery. Additionally, a concrete curb
was constructed around the flagpole to prevent anyone from driving over
the circle of concrete and damaging the flagpole. The paving project was
completed in early November 2007.
Road Paving Project -- October/November 2007.
Links to other websites in this area which might be of interest to you.
(Formerly First Congregational Church)
(The Official Website of Kinder Elementary School.)
We Read & Record Cemeteries
THE RECORDING OF A CEMETERY
Today we walked where others
Today our hearts were touched
Today we saw where the
Today we wondered about an
Today we saw where Mom and Dad
Today we recorded for kith and
Cherish it, my friend; preserve
it, my friend,
A talk delivered to the
SW Louisiana Historical Society by KCA Board Member Don Ladner.
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Sign on an Irish cemetery fence:
"Be ye mon or be ye wumin,
Be ye gaun or be ye comin
Be ye early, be ye late,
Dinna fergit tae shut the gate!"
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Our mailing address:
Kinder Cemetery Association P. O. Box 955 Kinder, LA 70648
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