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Volunteers are the heart of the Flower Power drive

Malyn Brady holds a few of the many thousands of flowers that have been coming in to the Sun Advocate office in the past few months. Brady is the coordinator for this years No Graves Unadorned flower project.

Flowers are coming from all over into the Sun Advocate office for the No Grave Unadorned project.

It's an ongoing process as the Memorial Day holiday approaches.

Last year more than 1,700 people volunteered to make flowers and place them on graves in Carbon and Emery counties. It was a resounding success story for volunteerism in the local 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.

As of Wednesday, the count of flowers had gone to 18,000. That means we still need another 22,000 flowers to reach our goal of 40,000.

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.

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 arrived on Monday night, so there is plenty to go around.

The placement of the flowers will take place starting on Saturday May 19 and will proceed through the entire week until the project is done. That is projected to be on Friday May 25 just before the long weekend.

This is a one of a kind program that has no known equals in the United States. Eastern Utah is unique in many ways, and this is just one more example of that.

For information on donating or volunteering call Malyn Brady at 435 637-0732.

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