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Grave decoration begins

Annette Etzel brings in bags of flowers her family made for the No Grave Unadorned Project.

The project to place at least one flower on about 40,000 graves in Carbon and Emery counties began in earnest last weekend as groups of people rolled up to various cemeteries and began the work of decorating.

The project, known as No Graves Unadorned, has developed legs of its own throughout the community. 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 month. Now some of them, along with other volunteers, are placing flowers throughout this week on graves, just in time for Memorial Day.

The number of flowers that had come into the Sun Advocate office by Monday afternoon counted near 37,500. 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 this week so that there are enough to go around.

To keep track of the numbers of flowers brought in, each issue of the papers 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 Malyn Brady or Jenni Fasselin at 637-0732.

We will also need a number of volunteers on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. to finish up the Price Cemetery. The Sun Advocate truck will be parked in the main parking lot and you can pick up flowers and assignments there.

The volunteers that have donated their time have been tremendous. There is still much more to be done.

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