Help plant some meaningful flowers for Memorial Day
The project to place at least one flower on about 40,000 graves in Carbon and Emery counties begins in earnest this weekend as groups of people roll up to various cemeteries and begin the work of decorating every grave in the two county area.
The project, known as No Graves Unadorned, has developed legs of its own throughout the community over the last four years. It's estimated that as many as 1,000 people have been involved in the making of the plastic flowers for graves over the last few months. Now some of them, along with other volunteers, are placing flowers throughout this next week on graves, just in time for Memorial Day.
The number of flowers that had come into the Sun Advocate office by Wednesday afternoon counted near 30,000. The goal is to produce nearly 40,000 to cover graves that have no decorations at all. But materials for more flowers are still out with more coming in every day. What needs to be done now is filling the manpower needs to actually put the flowers on graves. The biggest need appears to be at the Price Cemetery, where there are thousands upon thousands of graves to be attended to.
It also means that flowers that have been under construction by groups throughout the county need to be brought into the Sun Advocate and Emery Progress offices in the next few days so that there are enough to go around.
To keep track of the numbers of flowers brought in, each issue of both the Sun Advocate and the Emery County Progress have a flower thermometer printed on the front page. This indicates how many of the flowers are being produced and brought in.
Anyone wishing to donate their time to make flowers or to place them on graves this week can contact Cheryl Young at 637-0732.
The volunteers that have donated their time have been tremendous. There is still much more to be done now that it is time to put flowers on the graves.