At the war memorial chapel high above eltmann, the city of eltmann wanted to create a small peace forest. This is how mayor michael ziegler (CSU) and the city council members want to take into account the changes in the burial culture. The city council’s building committee inspected the land at its meeting on monday.
The chapel commemorating the warriors was erected on the initiative of spiritual advisor schilling with a wide view over the main valley. The chapel as well as the flat auben around are property of the catholic church foundation. She was open to the idea, michael ziegler reported from the preparatory discussions. Like in eltmann itself, the city was the operator of the "cemetery" on ecclesiastical ground. This also ensures that burial in the peace forest is possible for everyone, regardless of church affiliation or denomination.
10 000 square meters are available here. The differently old tree population could still be extended. During the site inspection, the members of the committee were of the opinion that more trees should be planted in any case, as they assume a rough demand.
Compared to other peace forests, in which michael ziegler has informed himself in advance, the chapel has as an essential advantage that it offers weather protection and the frame for a quiet contemplation. The building committee approved the project in principle. About the type of burials, whether there will be signs on the trees or a central board, how long the lying-in periods should be agreed upon – these details are all still to be worked out. Of course, a parking lot must also be built, said the mayor.
Michael ziegler explained to the committee members that in the individual friedhofen also constantly responds to new needs. In eltmann, for example, the demand for the urn wall had diminished. Now a new field for urn-graves will be created, because the wish goes again to the burial in the ground.