Remember Your Pets at the SPCA PetWalk
Thursday, October 1st, 2009

“If we measure lives not in time, but in grace, in the joy with which they lived, and in the love they leave behind, then we have much to learn from our pets.” – Unknown

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Visit the Pet Passages booth near the main stage at the SPCA PetWalk and bring a photo of a beloved pet you’ve lost to post on our Memorial Wall. All of the photos collected will be placed in a memory box in the Rainbow Bridge room at our Tyrone location. Walkers will also receive a bandana compliments of Pet Passages.

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SPCA PetWalk
Saturday, October 24th
North Shore Park

Visit www.petwalk.org to register.

Reflections: The American Funeral Tour
Thursday, October 1st, 2009

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What do a President’s rider-less horse saddle, Rosa Park’s quiet act of defiance, and Abraham Lincoln’s casket have in common? They’re all part of an exhibit that is drawing crowds across the nation with its exploration of funeral customs and commemoration of veterans and others who serve our country.

Join us at Ribfest to tour this 1000 square foot mobile museum that features thoughtful displays, including:

  • “Arlington National Cemetery” honors our veterans and the more than three million Americans buried in our national cemeteries
  • “Glory, Glory Hallelujah” showcases President John F. Kennedy’s rider-less horse – empty boots reversed in the saddle – trotting briskly in his funeral procession and civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks, who was the first woman to lie in state at the Capitol Rotunda
  • “The Lord is My Shepherd” is a poignant tribute to fallen public safety officers killed in the line of duty

Other moving exhibits include a display on Abraham Lincoln featuring a reproduction of his casket and tracing the near three-week funeral procession, and “The Final Curtain,” which pays homage to celebrities, including Marilyn Monroe, Dale Earnhardt, and Elvis. Recent additions to the exhibit include Senator Edward Kennedy and a tribute to the King of Pop, Michael Jackson.

Reflections: The American Funeral Tour
presented by Anderson-McQueen

Ribfest 2009 – Vinoy Park, downtown St. Petersburg
November 13 – 15

Attendees will receive a Remember armband and
a chance to win one grand prize.

Admission to Ribfest is $10 in advance, $15 at the gate. There is no additional charge for the museum.

For more information about Ribfest, visit www.ribfest.org.
Additional information about Reflections is available at www.reflectionsaft.com

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Honor Our Military Event
Friday, May 1st, 2009

ceremony1Anderson McQueen hosted a barbeque to honor the memory of our veterans, celebrate the service of our retired military, and to thank those in active duty. The event featured activities for children, and guests had the opportunity to post a card on our Wall of Honor featuring the seal of the branch of service in which their loved ones served.

See photos from the event.

Veterans and Supporters Need to Register for WWII Memorial
Friday, May 1st, 2009

2009_05_p1Nine out of 10 whom actively contributed to World War II are not recognized on the National WWII Memorial. Through the World War II Registry of Remembrances, the memory of America’s World War II men and women of the armed services and any civilian who helped on the home front can be preserved at the memorial in Washington, D.C.

Anderson-McQueen Funeral and Cremation Centers, in conjunction with Lincoln Heritage Financial Planning, is calling on the St. Petersburg community to support these brave men and women by registering your own name or the name of someone you wish to honor for their service.

Join them to learn more about the registry:
Sunshine Senior Center
330 5th Street North
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Tuesday, May 19, 2009 12:00 p.m.

There is no charge to register your own name or the name of someone you wish to honor for their service. Volunteers at the seminar will provide pictures to share of the WW II Memorial, answer questions and more importantly, help attendees register names of loved ones who participated in the armed forces or the home front effort during WW II.

”We would like to help the community with the opportunity to record history for those that created it and honor family members for generations to come,” said John McQueen, chief operations officer for Anderson-McQueen. ”Unlike other memorials, veterans must register their names, they are not automatically listed.”

Nearly 59 years after the end of World War II, the National World War II Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C. in May 2004. Now a part of the National Park System, the memorial honors the 16 million who served in the armed forces of the U.S. during World War II, the more than 400,000 who died, and the millions who supported the war effort from home.

Anderson McQueen celebrates Arbor Day with 250 trees
Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

arbordayAnderson McQueen Funeral and Cremation Centers is celebrating Arbor Day by providing more than 250 trees to plant in the St. Petersburg area.

‘Over 50 years ago, our father planted many of the trees that now tower over our Northeast St. Petersburg location,’ said Bill McQueen, president and CEO of Anderson McQueen. ‘That is one of the reasons why we selected the tree as a part of our logo and has become a symbol of Anderson McQueen.’

‘With the assistance of our supplier partners, we have planted thousands of trees in the National Forests in memory of the families we have served,’ continued John McQueen, vice-president and COO. ‘The tree has always served as a symbol of life, and we are committed to helping our families honor the life of their loved ones.’

The Value of Trees

The following are some statistics provided by The Arbor Day Foundation illustrating how important trees are in our community.

The net cooling effect of a young, healthy tree is equivalent to ten room-size air conditioners operating 20 hours a day. – U.S. Department of Agriculture

Landscaping can reduce air conditioning costs by up to 50 percent, by shading the windows and walls of a home.” – American Public Power Association

If you plant a tree today on the west side of your home, in 5 years your energy bills should be 3% less. In 15 years the savings will be nearly 12%. – Dr. E. Greg McPherson, Center for Urban Forest Research

A mature tree can often have an appraised value of between $1,000 and $10,000.” – Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers

In one study, 83% of realtors believe that mature trees have a ‘strong or moderate impact’ on the salability of homes listed for under $150,000; on homes over $250,000, this perception increases to 98%. – Arbor National Mortgage & American Forests

Landscaping, especially with trees, can increase property values as much as 20 percent. – Management Information Services/ICMA

One acre of forest absorbs six tons of carbon dioxide and puts out four tons of oxygen. This is enough to meet the annual needs of 18 people. – U.S. Department of Agriculture

There are about 60-to 200- million spaces along our city streets where trees could be planted. This translates to the potential to absorb 33 million more tons of CO2 every year, and saving $4 billion in energy costs. – National Wildlife Federation

Trees properly placed around buildings can reduce air conditioning needs by 30 percent and can save 20 – 50 percent in energy used for heating. – USDA Forest Service

Trees can be a stimulus to economic development, attracting new business and tourism. Commercial retail areas are more attractive to shoppers, apartments rent more quickly, tenants stay longer, and space in a wooded setting is more valuable to sell or rent. – The Arbor Day Foundation

Healthy, mature trees add an average of 10 percent to a property’s value. – USDA Forest Service

he planting of trees means improved water quality, resulting in less runoff and erosion. This allows more recharging of the ground water supply. Wooded areas help prevent the transport of sediment and chemicals into streams. – USDA Forest Service

In laboratory research, visual exposure to settings with trees has produced significant recovery from stress within five minutes, as indicated by changes in blood pressure and muscle tension. – Dr. Roger S. Ulrich Texas A&M University

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