Monday, January 03, 2005

Died in the USA

On New Year's Day, the only family to pay its respects at Lakewood Cemetery appeared to be Islamic. Lakewood in Affton, a near suburb of St. Louis, is the final resting place for Bosnians of Muslim descent. Their graves, many of them fresh, are are set apart from the others, clustered near the entrance off Mackenzie Road. Many of the headstones are painted green and are emblazoned with a crescent moon and star. The names of the dead have been placed on the markers with self-adhesive lettering available at hardware stores.