A program to re-dedicate two religious cemeteries restored by an interfaith effort is scheduled tonight at 8 p.m. at both the Protestant and Catholic cemeteries here.
The restoration project, spearheaded by the Leeds Lions Club, involved volunteers from Protestant, Catholic and LDS congregations in the area, along with the Lions Club, Knights of Columbus and other volunteers. The workers have cleared brush and cut hundreds of fence pickets from donated barns.The program will begin at the Protestant cemetery, then continue after a short walk to the Catholic cemetery. Ranger Bart Anderson, president-elect of the area's historical society, will entertain guests with facts and folklore about Silver Reef and many of its colorful past residents.
Dedications will be performed by Father Leo Lopez of the Catholic Church and the Rev. June Spencer of the Church of Religious Science. Also participating will be Pastor Darrel Hinshaw, presiding co-chair of the Washington County Interreligious Council.
The event was planned to coincide with the state's annual "Take Pride in Utah Day."