Community Events at Penwell-Gabel Cemetery in Topeka, KS


Even though our cemetery is a place to put our loved ones to rest, it is really designed for the living.

We hold several special events throughout the year, including our Memorial Day events, a fall Concert in the Park and our Holiday Remembrance Service in December. All of these provide families a time to gather, reflect and remember.

Penwell-Gabel Cemetery Events in Topeka

Memorial Day

Each Memorial Day, our cemetery provides a place for the community to gather and remember our heroes in the military and civil services. The grave of each veteran is decorated with an American flag by Topeka ROTC members.

A special Wall of Tribute is constructed in the Serve & Protect Garden, displaying that displays the photos of men and women in our armed forces and civil services who have served so bravely.

The Garden is also where we hold our annual ceremony, in which our guest speaker will make remarks and lay a wreath of remembrance.

Concert in the Park

The Concert in the Park is a free, annual event established in 2009, featuring the Kings of Swing. The 15-piece Topeka band specializes in swing music of the 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s. The band plays in the natural amphitheater created by the open space northeast of the Reflection Pond.

The concert is a great opportunity for individuals and families to listen to some fine music in a beautiful, park-like atmosphere. In 2011, we introduced a dance-floor for audience members to showcase their swing-dancing skills.

We hope to see you this year for another round of great music!

Holiday Remembrance Ceremony

The holidays can be a difficult time of the year for those who have lost a loved one. In early December, we hold a Holiday Remembrance Service at the gazebo by the Reflection Pond. The ceremony includes a litany of remembrance and wreath dedication, followed by and the lighting of our Memory Trees.

After the reading of the litany, guests are invited to place a red bow on the trees with the name of their loved one. The bows remain on the trees throughout the holiday season.