Families First - A History of FMP

"Four men stood atop a small hill and looked over an open tract of land outside the town of Fairfax, Virginia. The terrain around them rolled off gently into the distance. It was December 1956. The group was there to settle upon the design of a new Catholic cemetery—Calvary Memorial Park. One man, a lawyer, was the cemetery's secretary-treasurer, Cornelius H. Doherty. His friend, Dr. William Dolan, was the cemetery's president. The third was landscape architect Earl C. Grever, and the last was Doherty's son, Cornelius H. Doherty, Jr. Everyone called him "Neil."


"Neil Doherty could not have foreseen the importance of the land before him—he would work or live here for more than fifty years. One day his parents, grandparents, sisters, and uncles would all be buried on the hill where the four men stood. One day, he and his children will rest beside his ancestors, and unborn generations will go to the small hill to visit their graves. Of course, the Dohertys are not unique in this respect; such rituals are common in burial places across the globe. Cemeteries, like families, span generations, connecting the past, present, and future. Nowhere is this as true as at Fairfax Memorial Park."

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