'No Grave Unadorned,' a unique tradition here, begins another Memorial Day drive
It's that time of year again!
For the last four years the people of Carbon and Emery Counties have shown their volunteerism and their respect for the history of our area by making flowers and then by placing them on every grave in the two-county area the week before Memorial Day.
The No Grave Unadorned project has been a huge success and it is expected it will be no less this year.
Flowers are coming from all over into the Sun Advocate office for the project, but the task is large. The project needs more flower makers and eventually more volunteers to place the flowers in the area's cemeteries.
It's an ongoing process as the Memorial Day holiday approaches.
Last year more than 1,500 people volunteered to make flowers and place them on graves. Once again it was a resounding success story for volunteerism in our community. The goal was to make sure every grave in every cemetery in the two county area would have a flower on them for Memorial Day.
Around town various groups are helping to make the dream come true. Everyone from boy scouts to women's groups, from churches to workplaces are making flowers. But we need more help.
Of course all this takes materials and while many have donated supplies, others have donated money to the cause.
For those wanting to put together flowers, new materials are on hand at the Sun Advocate office at 845 East Main Street, so there is plenty to go around.
The placement of the flowers will take place starting on Saturday, May 17 and will proceed through the entire week until the project is done. That is projected to be on Friday, May 23, just before the long holiday weekend.
This is a one of a kind program that has no known equal in the United States. Eastern Utah is unique in many ways, and this is just one more example of that. The volunteerism displayed by local residents has been outstanding over the years, and it appears that it will live up to its reputation again this year.
For information on donating or volunteering call Jenni Fasselin at 435 637-0732.