I was born and raised in a small house in the Juneau Flats, very near the Evergreen Cemetery. And though I understand Leonard Robertson's (Dec. 30 letter to the editor) desire to show respect and dignity to the memorials, I enjoy seeing something other then stone grave markers and fake flowers in our cemetery. When I was a little kid I participated in neighborhood Easter egg hunts there. I learned to cross country ski there and sledded on the small hills. I walked to and from school through the cemetery on and off for seven years. I attended high school English classes there on several sunny spring afternoons. None of these activities was meant to disrespect the memorials.
I enjoyed the idea of bringing life into the cemetery. I think it is wonderful that our community fills the cemetery with laughter and enjoyment. I personally do not want to be buried in a lifeless, quiet cemetery. As a matter of fact, if I am ever buried in Evergreen Cemetery I will have a flat headstone so it doesn't ruin the sledding hill.