KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – A local garden club updates the look of a local Veteran’s Memorial on Saturday [Aug 22, 2015].
The Westwood Garden Club, with the help of the community, has been able to update the Veteran’s Memorial in Parkview Cemetery.
The original memorial was built in the 1940’s.
Lorie Reed, the president of the Westwood Garden Club, said, “The steps are all cracked and crumbling and falling apart and the middle section was all gone.”
The club says the project cost about $140,000 and about 80 percent of money has been through donations. The other 20 percent has been done with fundraising.
Reed said, “Our garden club is 15 old ladies, we’d never gotten this done by ourselves.”
Several local companies not only donated their equipment and materials, but also their time.
Denny Crookston, of Crookston Poured Walls, said, “The way they’re getting treated right now we figured it’s our time to do something for them so this is what we can give ’em.”
The Kalamazoo Garden Council and City of Kalamazoo have also helped with the project.
The Veteran’s Memorial will be re-dedicated on Veteran’s Day on November 11, 2015.
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