The Promise of Pinelawn | Pinelawn Cemetery | Memorial Gardens in Long Island, New York
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The Promise of Pinelawn

Keeping Our Promise

Over a century ago, Pinelawn Memorial Park's founder, William H. Locke Jr. made a promise to build a memorial park of remarkable magnificence on Long Island, where every effort would be made to impart an air of tranquility to all. Today, this promise has been and is being, more than fulfilled with the added benefit of true affordability to all.

The Promise Of Pinelawn

“The policy of Pinelawn is and always will be, to make it as beautiful and as tasteful as possible. Not merely by giving careful attention to all lawns, roads, foliage and flowers, and individual memorials but by developing a comprehensive park plan adapted to the size and resources of Pinelawn … by which the beauty of each part will be designed to contribute to the beauty of the whole, thereby enhancing the dignity and solemnity of the entire park. And as cheerfulness is not inconsistent with solemnity, nor with love and reverence, every effort will be made to impart such an air of cheerfulness to all, as bright lawns and flowers, flowering bushes, stately trees, and sunshine can bestow. Solemnity is not misery, and we believe that those at rest would wish their friends to be inspired and heartened by the beauty of their surroundings. Accordingly, under the advice of the best landscape and architectural authority, a scheme of remarkable magnificence befitting the size, dignity, and future of this great park is being developed, through which Pinelawn will become as unique in beauty as it is in size.”


Honoring a Legacy

The ideals set forth in 1902 by The Promise of Pinelawn paved a culture that still lives within the organization today. To honor his father's legacy, Alfred D. Locke became a passionate steward of the land and delivered his father's promise by introducing magnificent architecture, historically significant sculptures, themed gardens, and striking landscape design. The vision and passion of William H. Locke and his son, Alfred D. Locke, have transformed the way generations of families remember their loved ones.

Pinelawn Today

To this day, visitors of Pinelawn Memorial Park And Arboretum will immediately notice the immense dedication to The Promise of Pinelawn through the thoughtful accentuations of flowing fountains, monuments and granite displays amongst the 500 acres of lush greenery. The legacy of William and Alfred remains prominent as we continue to add to the beauty as well as maintain and restore the grounds, all of which effectively keeps Pinelawn Memorial Park the most beautiful cemetery within America.


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