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Preparing for Memorial Day

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45 acres of well manicured lawn.

Due to the rain, Rosehill Memorial Park staff had little more than two days to prepare for this year's Memorial Day celebration.

Jennifer Thorgramson tells us how the 'day for those who rest' means a lot of preparation for the living.

By Monday, Rosehill Memorial Park will be a day of solemn remembrance.

But Friday morning (NAT) it was a flurry of activity.

(Jenna Vollmer, Rosehill Summer Employee) "I expected the hours before Memorial Day because there's a lot of preparation getting this place all neat for everyone and the big celebration."

(Kayle Schiele, Rosehill Summer Employee) "A lot goes into getting ready. We have to move all the flowers when we go to mow. There's a lot of acres that we have to mow and go into preparation, weed whack everything."

There are 20,520 recorded grave sites at Rosehill --- dating back to the oldest on record in 1888.

Which for Superintendent Bonnie Ripplinger, two full time and five parttime staff --- translates to a lot of edge work.

(Kayle Schiele, Rosehill Summer Employee) " It rained Monday and Tuesday so we couldn't do any mowing. We were weed whacking the entire time which got to be long days."

(Jenna Vollmer, Rosehill Summer Employee) "Monday we didn't get much mowing in. We weed whacked and did what we can because we can't mow in the rain. So now we're just making up the hours for it so we'll probably be working Saturday but whatever we have to do to get it all done."

(Kayle Schiele, Rosehill Summer Employee) "Monday and Tuesday we worked shorter days because of the rain and the last few days we've worked eleven hour shifts. It gets to be pretty long."

(Jenna Vollmer, Rosehill Summer Employee) "The day goes by a lot faster than you think. I like it."

Ripplinger would like to say it takes a week to mow the park from one end to the other, but the work is planned around burials, so it often takes longer.

She says Memorial Day is the greatest holiday for the park.

They'll be racing the rain before the big day and week later, it's back to mowing.

(Kayle Schiele, Rosehill Summer Employee) "We usually wait a week then take the flowers off then start over again."

But soon the mowers will be still --- to remember.

In Minot, Jennifer Thorgramson, KX News.

The Rosehill Memorial Park Memorial Day program begins at 8:00 on Monday.

Breakfast will be served from 7-10 --- a free will offering for the American Legion is appreciated.

The Memorial Day tradition dates back to the Civil War --- a day to remember those who died serving our nation.

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