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Canby's Heritage and Landmark Commission held its third historic grave marker cleaning event

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Volunteers from six Canby organizations cleaned historic grave markers at Zion Memorial Cemetery on May 12.

In recognition of Historic Preservation Month and in preparation for Memorial Day observances, Canby's Heritage and Landmark Commission (HLC) held its third historic grave marker cleaning event on Saturday, May 12.

Eighteen volunteers gathered at Zion Memorial Cemetery and cleaned 75 markers in the historic section of the property. The volunteers represented six Canby organizations – Rotary, Kiwanis, American Legion, Garden Club, and Canby Historical Society – in addition to four members of the HLC.

"It was great to have so many organizations involved. We were able to accomplish more than we planned," said Kelly Harms, HLC member. "The historic section of Zion is extremely large and will need several more cleaning events to make a noticeable difference. I am hoping we can have this level of support for future events."

The HLC's previous cleaning events were held at Baker Prairie Cemetery.

According to Carol Palmer, chair of the HLC, "The repairs and marker cleaning at Baker Prairie cemetery made a big difference in its appearance. Our work at that site is not done, we have applied for a grant to erect a wrought iron fence along the street side of the cemetery. It will help to protect the markers from vehicles will improve its appearance."

If the grant request is approved, construction of the fence will take place this summer.

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