For the past 46 years the Rose Memorial Ceremony has been held at Mountains Community Hospital and this year this lovely ceremony of remembrance will be held Saturday, June 27.
This event is very special as the ceremony culminates with the planting of a new memorial rose that has been paid by family or friends of someone who is deceased. The $25 cost includes the ceremony, the rose, the engraved nameplate and maintenance of the rose(s) throughout the year. Following this short ceremony refreshments are served and everyone is welcome to attend.
The history of the Memorial Rose Garden tradition began way back in 1951 when Sister Theresa of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange started the original heart-shaped rose garden soon after the hospital construction was completed. The Sisters maintained the garden until the property was sold to a nonprofit organization in 1964. The hospital auxiliary was also founded in those years to assist the sisters and the hospital. In 1967, an auxiliary member, who was also a member of the Hilltoppers Garden Club, began the rose garden renovation, donating hundreds of hours to this labor of love. The Hilltoppers replaced and rejuvenated the roses, adding new areas to the gardens. The Rose Memorial Ceremony continues as a beautiful tradition for our mountain communities.