Greenfield volunteers create dozens of red felt roses as a symbol of grief for those affected by Covid. (Courtesy of Yanely Martinez)

SALINAS VALLEY — Community members in South Monterey County, including Greenfield and Soledad, have participated in rose-making sessions this month to contribute to the Rose River Memorial project.

Rose River Memorial is a grassroots community art movement that honors the many lives lost during the Covid-19 pandemic in the United States.

Greenfield Councilmember Yanely Martinez recently hosted a local rose-making session with youth involvement, creating dozens of red felt roses as a symbol of grief for those affected by Covid.

Another session took place at the Soledad Community Center, with Soledad police officers and Girl Scouts among the participants.

Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System is leading the local effort in partnership with the Heal Together organization.

More than 1,000 roses have been created to date, and an unveiling of the completed Rose River Memorial is set for March 6 in Salinas.

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Greenfield Councilmember Yanely Martinez (middle) hosts a local rose-making session with youth involvement. (Courtesy of Yanely Martinez)
Soledad police officers help make red felt roses at the Soledad Community Center. (Contributed)
Soledad youth, including local Girl Scouts, participate in making roses for the Rose River Memorial. (Contributed)
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Ryan Cronk is the managing editor for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for South Monterey County and the surrounding communities.


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