WAUSAU, Wis. (WDRB) -- Holding a movie night in a cemetery is upsetting some people in Wausau, Wisconsin.
Restlawn Memorial Park plans to show "Ghostbusters" on Aug. 11. The cemetery posted on Facebook, and they've gotten plenty of feedback both positive and negative.
One person responded to the post by saying "I find this disrespectful and disturbing on so many levels. And the movie they picked seems to me to make a mockery of the whole thing."
But another person wrote, "My parents are in the Restlawn Mausoleum and they would have loved knowing there was a family-friendly event being hosted on the grounds. During Victorian times, cemeteries started to be planned as parks where families and the public were encouraged to visit the dead, picnic on graves and run around."
Restlawn Memorial Park responded by saying that the movie won't be shown on burial land, and cemetery leaders say they are being respectful.
We understand your very valid concerns and want to address them by letting everyone know, the movie will be shown in a large plot of undeveloped land, that has no intent of becoming burial land. We would never condone unethical behavior in the cemetery or within our community. This is intended to be a family, community oriented, summertime event. There will be plenty of parking lot and roadside parking, again respectful of and away from final resting spaces. With this new knowledge, we hope that even if you don't want to participate, you can feel comfortable in knowing the families that want to participate and the Restlawn staff, are being respectful of everyone's thoughts and opinions regarding the cemetery.
The cemetery says the event is a community outreach that is a free and fun event for families. Coolers and carry ins are welcome.
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