Beautifying El Campo Santo's Cemeteries
Over the past three years El Campo Santo has made significant improvements to the aesthetics of all three cemeteries. Preserving our El Campo Santo is the same as preserving our heritage. An effort which we believe is fundamental to our organizations. With each cemetery we have undertaken projects to improve the cultural look and appeal. At Santa Clara we re-constructed the bottom entry wall and updated the mural with two lovely angels and beautiful mountains with a blue sky background. We brightened up Evangelico with vibrant, colorful flowers on the inner south and east block wall, as well as added a serene and calming mural to the front of Evangelico. At San Jose, we renovated the pavilion and added a table so families can gather, sit down, and relax when visiting their loved ones. Colorful murals have also been added to San Jose de Armijo inner walls, enhancing the charm of our beloved cemeteries. We have also started to add monumental land marks. The first example of this is at San Jose Cemetery where we added three white rod iron crosses created by on of our very own local artists from the South Valley who is also an heir to the Atrisco Land Grant. The crosses can be seen as you drive into the cemetery to the east of the pavilion. The three crosses have a profound image and send out a message of peace and tranquility. As well, they add to the beautiful view of our Sandia Mountains now.
Our cemeteries are deeply rooted within our community and provide our community a link to our ancestors. Our cemeteries also embody diverse religious practices, as well as have strong cultural affiliations that tie into each family's traditions and personal preferences. El Campo Santo will continue to make improvements and place inspirational and culturally relevant landmarks throughout our cemeteries. Please be sure to take note the next time you happen to visit your loved ones!
Anita Lucero, El Campo Santo Manager
2014 Dia De Los Muertos Event A Huge Success!!!
Thank you to everyone who attended our Dia de Los Muertos event on November 1st at San Jose de Armijo Cemetery. In our 4th year of this event, we have grown tremendously and it is thanks to all the community members, friends, and family who come out and support us.
The Dia de Los Muertos event is all about bringing families together to remember their loved ones who have passed away. All families are given a flower to place where their loved ones lay to rest. San Jose de Armijo cemetery has a beautiful alter under the pavilion where families have the opportunity to place pictures of their loved ones.
We prepared an evening full of events that range from decorating a luminaria and writing a letter to their loved ones, to having your face painted and enjoying some great food and great music. The families that come each year love all the activities and the children have a ton of fun playing all the games and winning prizes.
Judging from the events growth each year, we believe we have found a great way to help our community celebrate the lives of their loved ones by bringing them to our cemetery to spend time with those who are no longer among us.
We look forward to next year’s event and we thank you again for attending and for making our event a successful one.