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We are thrilled to announce our 2018 Annual Conference will be hosted in Dalton, GA from October 17th - 19th! Event details are soon to come.
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Henry Milhollin of Douglas, GA and Stan Rogers of Rome, GA demonstrate how to clean a soiled monument using D/2 at a workshop in Vienna, GA.
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$3,000 raised to place markers on children's graves in Westhill Cemetery
Written by Charles Oliver and originally published on the Daily Citizen-News.
Re-posted on this site with the expressed permission of Mr. Oliver and the Daily Citizen-News.
Every grave in the children paupers section of West Hill Cemetery may soon have a marker.
"It will cost about $4,500 to acquire the markers, and as of (Friday) we have received right at $3,000 in donations," said Dalton Public Works Director Benny Dunn.
West Hill Cemetery is owned and maintained by the city of Dalton. The children paupers section is for children up to six months old whose parents can't afford to bury them. There are currently about 67 unmarked graves in the children paupers section.
In January, Dalton resident Amanda Jones, who had visited the cemetery many times with her grandmother, Judy Alderman, was walking through the cemetery when she noticed that many of the graves in the children paupers section did not have markers.
"It just broke my heart," she said.
She began trying to raise awareness of the situation and asked people to donate money to help place markers on the graves. A story about her efforts appeared in the Daily Citizen-News on Jan. 27.
Jones, who is currently attending college in Mississippi, says she is happy that people have responded.
"That's awesome," she said Friday when informed of how much had been donated.
Dunn says the first markers have been ordered and should be installed in about three weeks. They will begin with the oldest graves.
Jones says that's just about the time she will return to Dalton on spring break.
"I can't wait to see it," she said.
Dunn says any money raised above the $4,500 needed to place markers on the currently unmarked graves will be used to pay for markers for parents who can't afford them in the future.
"We have had two children buried there since we started talking about this, and I don't know yet whether their parents will be able to afford a marker," he said.
Those who wish to donate can send a check to Infants Gravestone Fund, City of Dalton, 300 W. Waugh St., Dalton, GA 30721. Each gravestone costs $65.
2017 GMCA Conference a Success...
The 2017 conference is in the books. We had a great time in wonderful Macon, Georgia, enjoying informative topics, dynamic speakers, great food, and lots of laughs.
The presentations from the 2017 conference are available for viewing and download on our website. Please take the opportunity to review these presentations, especially if you were unable to attend.
View the 2017 conference presentations here.
Thank you again to all those who made it to the conference! For those who were unable to attend, we hope to see you at next year's conference.