During a time and season that has come to be characterized by Black Friday deals and record breaking travel congestion, taking a little time to honor the people that shape our lives can help mend that part of us that is often neglected by the pressures of our workaday culture.
It's difficult to imagine the incredible amount of work that goes into creating a memorial. This video shows brief scenes from several steps of the process.
Stone is polished by hours of work by a skilled craftsman. There is no "coating" that is applied. The beautiful, nearly permanent shine on memorials is created by a series of diamond impregnated pads, water, and a skilled craftsman. If the polishing process is done incorrectly, the stone can overheat causing the stone surface to prematurely crumble.
Retailer – A company whose primary business Is the sales of memorials to the public.
Branch – A branch location of an MBNA member.
Manufacturer & Wholesaler Division – Any business which quarries and manufactures granite or marble for monumental purposes, and/or sells predominately North American granite at wholesale.
Supplier/Bronze Division – Any business which manufactures, jobs, and/or brokers supplies, goods and/ or services and bronze products for monumental purposes, and sells predominately at wholesale.
Associate – Any employee or person associated with any Regular member (Retailer, Manufacturer & Wholesaler or Supplier/Bronze), and/or any person providing service to or having an interest in common with the monument industry but who is, nevertheless, not otherwise eligible for Regular Membership.
Affiliate – Any non-profit organization, government agency, or academic or technical training institution which has an interest in the monument and memorialization industries and in the furtherance of the mission and purpose of this association.