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St. John’s Episcopal Hospital employees kneel
in solidarity with Black Lives Matter movement
BY JACOB KAYE
Employees of St. John’s Episcopal
Hospital gathered outside of the Far
Rockaway hospital on Tuesday to kneel in
solidarity with demonstrators across the
world calling for justice for George Floyd
and an end to police brutality against
“St. John’s Episcopal Hospital stands for
social justice and equality for all people,”
said Jerry Walsh, the hospital’s chief executive
offi cer. “We hear our community
and stand in solidarity with them.”
Together, St. John’s Episcopal team
members kneeled for eight minutes and
46 seconds — the amount of time former
Minneapolis police offi cer Derek Chauvin
dug his knee into Floyd’s neck, leading to
Th e demonstration was organized
by resident physician Chukwuebuka
Udokwu, hospital leadership, members of
1199SWIU and members of the NYPD’s
“If anyone asks you what St. John’s
stands for, tell them that we stand for
social justice,” said Renee Hastick-Motes,
the hospital’s vice president of external
aff airs. “We understand that if anyone in
our community is crying and in need,
Photo courtesy of St. John’s Episcopal Hospital.
then we as a hospital are crying and in
need. We are one with our community.”
Flushing Cemetery has completed construction of the
Memorial Chapel Mausoleum
Families now have the options of inurnment of cremated remains and
crypt entombment as means of interment and memorialization.
It is with great pride and pleasure that
the Board of Trustees of Flushing Cemetery
the opening of its newly constructed
Memorial Chapel Mausoleum.
The 75 acre countryside cemetery,
lovingly referred to as the
Wonderland of a Million Blooms,
has provided a beautiful resting place
for those who have passed on since 1853.
In addition to its nearly 3400 niches,
the Memorial Chapel Mausoleum
will provide Flushing Cemetery the ability,
for the fi rst time in its 165 year history,
to off er families the option of crypt
entombment in a community mausoleum.
General Manager John Helly stated,
“With cremation rates in New York expected to be
over 50% by the year 2022 and with many cemeteries
facing the reality of dwindling land acreage,
our new mausoleum, with its options of niches and
crypts, will allow Flushing Cemetery to serve the needs
of our community for decades to come”.
Those looking to inquire can call the cemetery offi ce at 718-359-0100
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