Eternal Reminders

The Slovenian words above the little chapel at Greendale Cemetery in Sheboygan are an annual topic for generations who gather there for Memorial Day mass. “Do you know what those words mean?” an elder will ask, pointing at the stone letters and repeating them in the dialect of his childhood. My dad Mike Ognacevic was one who asked and, after a pause, proudly translated: “What you are, we were. What we are, you shall be.” It seemed like the inhabitants were speaking gently to us from the grave.

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