Volunteers gather to spruce up Oaklawn Cemetery for Memorial Day

by Tina Cole-Mullins

A small procession of cars could be seen entering Oaklawn Cemetery on Saturday, May 11. Fortunately, this was not a funeral procession but rather a flow of energetic community volunteers gathered to clean up the cemetery grounds in preparation for upcoming Memorial Day events.

Gray skies and occasional raindrops did not deter volunteers who joined Clayton Croy of the Stockbridge Village Department of Public Works. Village, township and DDA members worked alongside community volunteers who were invited and encouraged by the Facebook group Wake Up Stockbridge & Surrounding Communities. The group hopes this will become an annual event.

L-R) Terry Dunn, Michelle Price, John Mullins, Mandy Yeomans Urquhart, Molly Howlett, Richard Mullins, Geri and Greg Uihlein, Theresa Kightlinger and Clayton Croy

Wake Up Stockbridge & Surrounding Communities volunteers Kimberly Stevens Reid and Michelle Price rake and move on to beautify new spots.

For Greg Uihlein, Memorial Day is an emotional day. As a veteran and son of a World War II veteran, he says he feels honored to be able to focus his work on the flag area, .

Geri Uihlein and Theresa Kightlinger hard at work.

Mandy Yeomans Urquhart deep in the yucky removal of the dead leaves of Yucca plants.

Tina Cole-Mullins and Michelle Price of Wake Up Stockbridge & Surrounding Communities take a moment to pose for a photo before returning to work.

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