Cemetery crews pick-up grounds following Memorial Day traffic - KOTA Territory News

Cemetery crews pick-up grounds following Memorial Day traffic

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Each Memorial Day people across the country remember their loved ones. Many place flowers or memorabilia on their grave, but there is little thought about what happens to the items following the holiday.
 
It may seem harsh, but the fact is the items have to be picked up, and most end up at the dudump.heres a sign posted at each entrance to the Mountain View Cemetery that instructs people to pick-up their items, however according to Cemetery Supervisor Craig Nichols, most people don't.  "People don't understand why we pick up the items and a lot of times we try to explain we pickup for safety reasons, also not just for cosmetic reasons," Nichols said.
 
Nichols says park vehicles run-over the flowers and many have metal in the stems. As a result, about 40 park vehicle tires have to be repaired each year.
The crew doesn't pick-up anything that is put in the permanent vases, and any sentimental items retrieved are kept for a couple of months so people can come to claim them.  The rest is loaded in a truck and disposed of.
 
This process is repeated twice a year, usually in April when it's time to mow and again after Memorial Day.
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