When Rest Haven Cemetery holds its 12th annual Festival of Lights Saturday, its newly opened 18,000-square-foot funeral home will welcome visitors to an open house.
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Staff members and about 150 volunteers will distribute and light some 8,700 luminaires at the cemetery.
A musician will play bagpipes on the grounds for an hour, beginning at 4:15 p.m. and members of the Christian Youth Fellowship at First Christian Church will collect nonperishable food for the Community Food Bank from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The funeral home will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and light refreshments will be served.
Last year, the event drew about 1,200 vehicles, Brown said.
Residents are invited to tour the grounds again this year. For some families, lighting luminaires at the grave of a deceased relative has become a tradition, according to Brown.
Like the Antietam Battlefield illumination, the event is a tribute. "It's a warm feeling," Brown said.