Hope this is a question that is allowed to be addressed on this board.
We recently visited Mountain View Cemetery, Walla Walla, Walla Walla County,Washington, where several members of my husband's family are buried. We visit annually, but had never actually located his GG Grandmother and her husband (even though it was just a short way from the other family) until this most recent visit.
We were surprised to find that a rather new tree had been planted about 2 feet or less from the headstone, appearing to be in the middle of their actual burial ground. Of course, this troubled us and on Monday my husband called the City of Walla Walla who is responsible for the care of the cemetery.
The supervisor was rather irritated that my husband wants the tree moved. She says her concern is for the welfare of the tree and that she doesn't really want to move it (an Elm tree no less)until dormant season and she really doesn't know where to move it -- as if that is our problem. My husband said he didn't really care as long as it was away from his GG parents burial site. She said, if she had to move it over, then she would have to get permission from the family of the other site owners, although she never contacted our family members. She said the tree was there last year and we never complained. We never complained because we couldn't find the site last year.
Before you ask...I did trace records of GG Grandma's burial and I do have those records. She was originally buried in Sunnyside right after her death and she was not cremated. She was then moved to Walla Walla where she was buried near her 2nd husband (a little over 10 years after her death).
My question...what to do? In our opinion, this is just disrespectful. We want to find meaningful resolve, and I think for us that means a specific date in writing as to when this tree will be moved. Suggestions?