As I drive on the road leading into the Mandan Union Cemetery, two feelings take over. One is the feeling of sadness and the other anger.

It makes me sad to see that my loved ones’ final resting place looks as though no one takes pride in how they are presented to family and friends.

It seems that one can never just visit with our loved ones without having to clean up around them first. I am not sure if those taking care of the grounds don’t have loved ones resting there. If they do, does their resting place look like no one ever cleaned it?

I know that both mine and my husband’s parents’ resting place wasn’t left unkempt.

If it is a matter of understaffing, should Mandan look at taking care of staffing the existing grounds instead of looking at building more businesses that need attention?

Has anyone ever thought of asking for help from the general public — maybe setting aside one Saturday a month and calling it a clean-up day at the cemetery?

You may be delightfully surprised at how many volunteers would show up with lawn mowers, weed-eaters and garden gloves to clean up their loved ones’ resting place.

Please, let’s clean up our cemetery and make it a place that presents our loved ones with the pride and dignity that they so deserve.

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