Tomb For a King Recap ~ The Family Laughs and Cries
Michael’s tomb is set back from the main hallway in a gated crypt named Sanctuary of Ascension. The crypt is a spacious alcove at the end of a long corridor called Hall of Inspiration. The Sanctuary of Ascension is elegantly framed in on all sides by three, very high stained glass windows depicting the Ascension of Christ. The photos below show the windows both inside and outside of the Sanctuary of Ascension. This expansive wing of The Great Mausoleum derives it’s name from the Holly Terrace, a grassy slope right outside it’s gigantic, bolted iron doors.
For Sale: “Ascension Window Sarcophagus” promotional photo circa 1952 Forest Lawn
Holly Terrace [in red] added onto main in 1952
There is also a Forest Lawn location in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles where more notables are buried or entombed. See here a list of the many famous personalities that are interred at Forest Lawn.
Among the Friday visitors were four of the Jackson siblings who spent 3 hours inside the The Great Mausoleum where approximately eighty family members and close friends participated in a private ceremony to honor their beloved Michael. Many fans were disappointed by their inability to enter the tomb site, which is locked to the general public. I was humbled and blessed by the coincidental opportunity to visit Michael’s crypt in the protected confines of The Great Mausoleum last January on a drab and drizzly, cool California winter day. It was a precious and memorable experience, and a gift that I will forever treasure.
Over 2500 showed up in the Jackson family’s hometown of Gary, Indiana where the city dedicated an 8-foot-tall, 5,000 pound jet-black granite obelisk. Mother, Katherine, unveiled the monument outside the Jackson’s childhood home. The front depicts Michael moonwalking.
Katherine told a reporter from a Britain news source, “I am happy that people are celebrating the anniversary because I know the world is missing and remembering him…Every day is a struggle – I miss him immensely.” At the gathering, she told the crowd, “I’m sure my son would be very pleased, very honored if he were here today. This past year has been a very hard time for us. If it wasn’t for you, the fans, we couldn’t have made it through.”
Official Music video for Cry released in 2001. Video copyright: Sony music entertainment
Reports of hundreds of tribute gatherings rang in worldwide. Michael Jackson’s music and legacy affects the lives of tens of millions around the globe. His loving memory continues to live in the hearts of his devoted fans.
A sand sculpture of MJ created on the anniversary of his death on the beach in Puri, India. Credit: Associated Press