Kalamazoo Gazette Feature
KALAMAZOO, MI – When Sharon Robbins would drive by Riverside Cemetery and its dilapidated memorial to our nation’s veterans, she grew increasingly dismayed.
“I drive by it every day,” Robbins said. “It always bugged me. Nobody kept it up. People don’t even know that it was there.”
Crumbling stonework, overgrown vegetation, theft and age have taken their toll on the multi-level memorial, visible from Gull Road.
The Westwood Garden Club has seen enough, and is spearheading a planned $100,000 overhaul of the memorial, with the help of numerous Kalamazoo-area businesses.
“We got Sharon’s crabbiness all the time about how bad it looked,” club member Lorie Reed said with a laugh. “The idea to rehab the site began three years ago.”
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