Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Newark joined thousands of Catholic cemeteries nationwide in the commemoration, “Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes,” by celebrating Mass at seven of its Archdiocesan cemeteries and at multiple local parishes on May 29, 2017. The open-air Mass at Holy Cross Cemetery and Mausoleum in North Arlington, NJ, was a historic event with Newark’s first Cardinal, Archbishop Joseph William Tobin, C.Ss.R. Despite the pouring rain, more than 900 people, including clergy, active military personnel, veterans, Knights of Columbus, first responders, law enforcement officials, local dignitaries, and parishioners, sheltered under a massive canopy at Holy Cross Cemetery to remember and pray for departed loved ones and fallen heroes. Veterans and visitors who have family members presently serving in the armed forces or family members who made the ultimate sacrifice were asked to stand and be recognized during the service. The Cardinal delivered a message of gratitude to those who gave their all and to those who have served.