The dreary weather Saturday morning didn’t stop dozens of people from gathering in Johnstown to clean “the plot of the unknown.”
816 stones lie in Grandview Cemetery for each of the unidentified victims of the 1889 Johnstown Flood.
The stones have not been cleaned since they were placed around 130 years ago.
“Friends of Johnstown Flood National Memorial” organized the clean-up.
They were awarded a grant through the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies to make it possible.
“We just feel it’s a really important way that we can honor these victims that didn’t have anyone at the time to mourn their loss,” said Stephanie Dunlap, President of the organization.
“This is a way we can give back, honor their memory, and make it a place where when people come to visit and pay their respects is beautiful,” she continued.
There will be another clean-up next Saturday, April 24th starting at 10:00am with lunch provided.
Visit the “Friends of Johnstown Flood National Memorial” Facebook Page here for information on how to RSVP.
The organization meets monthly: the last Tuesday of every month at 6:00pm. Follow their Facebook page for details of the location.