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Media Advisory: U of M students to construct floral 'grave blanket' to honor JFK's life, legacy

November 12, 2013

Media note: Media interested in covering the event its asked to RSVP to Becky Beyers at (612) 626-5754.

What: Student construction of JFK-themed floral grave blanket
When: 12:50 to 3:50 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 14
Where: Room 103, Plant Growth Facilities building, 1552 Gortner Ave., St. Paul

Students enrolled in a University of Minnesota floral design class are creating a "grave blanket" this year to commemorate the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s death and to honor his life. Construction of the blanket, which will include a variety of plant materials arranged on a wire frame, will begin between 2 and 3 p.m on Thursday, Nov. 14 in Room 103, Plant Growth Facilities building, 1552 Gortner Ave., on the university’s St. Paul campus. (Students will be planning and designing the project for the first hour). Photo opportunities will be available after that, until the blanket is finished at about 3:45 p.m.

Grave blankets are a tradition in some parts of the U.S. that provides grieving families a way to decorate their loved ones’ graves for the cold winter. The project is under the direction of horticultural science professor Neil Anderson, who in the past has overseen similar blankets for 'El Dia de los Muertos' (the Day of the Dead) and victims of the Interstate 35W bridge collapse. Students have been learning about the tradition this semester and on Thursday, they will use flowers, newspaper clippings and photographs and arrange them on the 3-foot by 15-foot  memorial that will later be displayed for public viewing.

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