In an effort to preserve and honor the histories of families who have chosen Llano Cemetery as their final resting place, a new project is being undertaken. It is called “Leave a Legacy.” Families are being asked to leave their legacies in writing by sharing stories of their family members and the generational history at Llano.
Every family has a story to tell. But sometimes those stories don’t get written down and, with the passage of time, they are lost. Don’t let this happen to your family. Llano wants to hear about you and your family that is a part of the cemetery history.
“This project serves two purposes,” according to Carol Lovelady, board member. “First, we will help families preserve their legacies. Second, we will be enhancing the history of the cemetery.”
“Llano has a rich heritage,” Lovelady said. “The story of the cemetery itself has already been written. But Llano is much more than the grounds and the buildings. Our history includes the stories of those who are buried here,” she said. “We have more than 46,000 burials at Llano, each with a story. We want to know those stories to collect and preserve them for future generations.”
In the year 2000, the Amarillo Globe News compiled a list of 100 individuals who have played a significant role in the history of the Texas Panhandle. Nominations were solicited from the public and the final selection was made by a committee of 30 people representing all walks of life.
Of those 100 individuals, a significant portion are deceased. Forty-five of those on the list are interred at Llano Cemetery. “That is a huge portion of our history,” said Lovelady. “We need to preserve, as well as promote that history. That is why we are undertaking this project.”
Here are the guidelines to participate in “Leave A Legacy.” Each story must be about an individual who is interred at Llano Cemetery. Stories are to be 400 words or less. Submit stories to “Leave A Legacy.”
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