Out of the shadows the strings of light shine dull against the backdrop of headlights pulling in and out of the limited parking space surrounding the firework stand. Off of the gravestones the headlights reflect an ominous tinge of mostly grey consorting with moonlight.
The eerie feeling of ghastly spirits wandering through the cemetery when darkness overtakes the light doesn’t have any affect on the consumers in need of putting on a color show to entertain guests, enchant the kids or have show stopping party fun with friends and relatives.
This leads to the question of, ” Shouldn’t it be disturbing to erect a firework stand next to a cemetery?”
Forget about whether the stand is placed in the appropriate number of feet and inches as required by city ordinance and state laws. Lots of reasons suggest that many cemeteries are lacking respect for the deceased. Respect that these quiet inhabitants, which at one time would have gotten.
A peaceful solitude of rest to comfort mourners and their departed loved ones can now add attached traffic outside the cemetery “Pearly Gates.”
Some cemeteries like the one in Stephenville Texas whose grave residences are among the living, in town, experience daily traffic noise.
While cemeteries built inside cities or just outside of town are going to have their share of noise even pollution firework stands will add their share of distractions to onlookers inside of cemeteries. Firework stands, though, are Holiday driven and are but temporary from one Holiday to the next. If it weren’t for law restrictions however firework stands would probably be operating full time.
One thing about the arrival of firework stands next to cemeteries is the question of, “What exactly are firework stands trying to say by positioning themselves in such a grave location?”
Are we to believe that fireworks are in celebration of life and death? Are some businesses commercially so hungry they’ll disrespect the dead?
If that’s the case shouldn’t businesses be allowed to marked products inside the cemetery itself? Should there be a lineup of vending machines, restaurants, florists, and other product goodies to support mourners or tourists paying a visit to the graves?
What about installing cemetery bathrooms? Should bathrooms and toiletries be spread throughout cemeteries?
Bathrooms may be understandable. There are often mourners and out of town family members, paying respects to loved ones, in need of a bathroom. This can cause those grieving souls in search of a bathroom to have to cut their visit short.
Bathrooms, yes, are understandable but everything else?