Two members of the class of 1971 are planning to begin a living memorial to their classmates this summer, and the pair will receive help from the City of Alta to start up the project in the near future.
Greg Mattson and Mike Miller came before the City Council on Monday evening requesting help for the Class of '71 Tree Memorial, which will help keep the memories of the members of the class alive with individual trees planted around the city park and the ball diamonds on the southeast part of town.
The project would honor each member of the class who has passed away with a plaque placed underneath a newly-planted tree. The plaque would be inscripted with the person's name and would be similar to the inscriptions found underneath the trees of the Living Heritage Tree Museum located on the north lakeshore of Storm Lake.
The project would begin by honoring the three classmates of Mattson and Miller who have already passed away, and would continue through the life of the class.
Mattson and Miller came up with the idea while attending their 30th class reunion last year, and thought the project would be a fitting way to honor their classmates.
"We just thought it would be a good idea to do this, because it seemed like a really great way to remember our classmates," Miller told the City Council. "It would also help put some more trees around the park and ballfields, so we thought it would be a positive thing for the entire town."
The project is still in its initial stages, but it was thought the first trio of trees would be purchased via the Trees Forever organization, and additional trees would come from a fund yet to be set up.