Katelyn “Kit-Kat” Carlow of Peru plants flower seeds with her grandfather, David Gammon, of Peru. Her goal is to plant flowers on veterans’ graves in cemeteries for Memorial Day.

MEXICO — Katelyn “Kit-Kat” Carlow of Peru is raising flowers to put on veterans’ graves for Memorial Day.

The 17-year-old said that as long as she can remember, she has visited cemeteries in her hometown and in Waterville, where her mother and grandmother planted flowers on loved ones’ graves. Last summer she wondered why veterans’ graves had flags but no flowers.

“They all deserve one,” Carlow said.

So she decided that with the help of her grandparents, David and Brenda Gammon of Peru, she would plant flowers at veterans’ graves.

“It is my goal to place a flower on as many veterans’ graves as possible,” she said.

Carlow, with her grandfather, recently planted marigold, wildflower and four o’clock seeds in small indoor pots for transplanting to gravesites for Memorial Day.

Seeing the flowers will let people know that “somebody respects (them for) what they’ve done,” she said.

Carlow, a junior at Dirigo High School in Dixfield, is in the certified nursing assistant program at Region 9 School of Applied Technology in Mexico. She is also in the National Technical Honor Society.

To donate supplies or money for the project, people may email Carlow at [email protected] or send mail to Katelyn Carlow, P.O Box 288, Peru, ME 04290.

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