This past weekend the project to place at least one flower on the estimated 40,000 graves in Carbon and Emery counties began in earnest as groups of people rolled up to various cemeteries and begin the work.
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 month and now some of them, along with other volunteers, are placing flowers throuhout this week on graves, just in time for Memorial Day.
The number of flowers that had come into the Progress/Sun Advocate offices by Monday afternoon counted nearly 30,000. The goal is to produce 40,000 flowers to cover graves that have no decorations at all. But materials for thousands 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 of graves to be decorated.
It also means that flowers that have been under construction by groups throughout the counties need to be brought into the Sun Advocate and Emery Progress offices by Thursday so that there are enough to go around.
To keep track of the numbers of flowers brought in, each issue of the papers has a flower clock printed on the front page. This indicates how many of the flowers are being produced and delivered to the newspaper offices.
Anyone wishing to donate their time to make flowers or to place them on graves this week can contact Shayla Winder at 637-0732.
The volunteers that have donated their time have been tremendous. Both paper's staffs look forward to working with even more people over the next week to place flowers.
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