SALIX – St. Joseph’s Memory Garden is a destination to celebrate the lives and souls of family, friends, fallen soldiers, historical townsfolk and loved ones who are never to be forgotten.
St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Salix is the site for the Memory Garden, which gained inspiration from Sioux City’s Trinity Heights Queen of Peace. The garden’s focal point is an eight-foot tall crucifix from Germany that was anonymously donated in 1991. The large cross is comprised of grey granite and a corpus of Strassacker bronze.
Multiple donations have been made to include an outdoor altar for the annual Memorial Day Mass, celebrated at 8 a.m., May 28, followed by a military service presented by the Sergeant Bluff American Legion at 9 a.m.
New trees, lilac bushes, upgraded fencing, and paving and sidewalks have been added. A local family donated a permanent flagpole in 2014 to honor their parents who are laid to rest in the cemetery.
The Memory Garden officially took shape in 2017, a blend of green space and cement work that incorporates a papal cross and a Celtic cross in its design. Six flagpoles line the Memory Garden in honor of the military branches in the United States.
Three “reflection pedestals” exist on-site, with each one holding space for nine bronze plaques. There is also a larger military pedestal with bronze engravings that hold the names of war veterans. Prayer plaques with a patron’s favorite verse or passage are present on the Memory Garden’s prayer pedestal.
Donations for a limited number of pedestal or sidewalk plaques and benches are currently being accepted. The Memory Garden is expected to reach capacity in the next 15-20 years, and its goal is to sustain the perpetual care of the entire cemetery grounds.
Joan Hopkins handles most organizational aspects regarding the Memory Garden and the cemetery. For more information, call her at (712) 490-3564.