A volunteer puts flowers out during the NGU effort in 2011.
The No Grave Unadorned Project, now in its fourth year, is moving ahead quickly with people coming into the offices of both the Sun Advocate and Emery Progress almost hourly to pick up supplies and return flowers they have made already.
The project, which started in 2010 and involved only Carbon county, expanded to Emery County in 2011 as well. Last year around 1,700 volunteers made more than 35,000 flowers and helped to place them on graves that had no decorations for the Memorial Day commemoration.
Now with both counties firmly entrenched in what is becoming the first holiday of the summer tradition, it is expected that about the same number of volunteers will be coming forward to make sure no graves go without at least one flower this Memorial Day.
People have been contacting us asking how they can help and we have a lot of ways. Obviously volunteering is very important. It takes a lot of people power to create and make a project like this work well. The other thing we need to get it done is donations.
Donations can come in many forms. Some people buy materials and make their own flowers and then bring them in. Others have bought the plastic table clothes we use to make the flowers and have delivered them to our offices where we then distribute to others making flowers. And still others donate money to be used for supplies.
For instance two weeks ago the hat was passed at the Carbon Chamber of Commerce luncheon and $130 was collected from the crowd. Last week Pierce Oil and Golden West Industries contributed another $500 for supplies to make flowers.
Meanwhile individuals and groups of people are busy making flowers for the big week before Memorial Day. Volunteers will start to place flowers on May 18 and work for the week before Memorial Day to be sure every grave is covered.
It's all important, whether it be time, materials or money that is contributed.
This is a project that began as an idea, and not much more than that. Now with three years under our collective belts we know what our communities can do and we know they will respond with enthusiasm.
This is a chance for everyone to contribute to paying tribute to those that came before us and those that helped to build our communities. It is unlike any other project in the United States for the Memorial Day holiday. It is a unique opportunity to show our caring spirit and the unique volunteerism that is always evident in Castle Valley.
Volunteer, contribute and be proud on Memorial Day.