By Jennifer Manthey
Over the years, we have received numerous requests from residents, employees, families and friends wanting to do something in memory or honor of a loved one. As these requests have been coming more frequently, we searched for ideas on what we could do to accommodate them in a central location. With that said, Lakeview Village is pleased to announce the creation of a Memory Garden. The Memory Garden, which will be located in the courtyard between Heritage Place and Gardenview, will provide multiple opportunities to remember loved ones and honor individuals. The conceptual drawing (shown above) is what the Memory Garden, which will include a perennial and an annual bed, could look like as donations are made to add to it.
The Memory Garden will provide numerous options (all tax deductible, as donations are made through the Lakeview Village Foundation) to memorialize or honor someone: engraved pavers, benches, statuary, bird baths, bushes, trees and other plants can all be purchased in memory or honor of your loved one. The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Memory Garden will be held on Wednesday, May 18th, at 2 p.m. We would love to be able to add to the Garden prior to the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony so, if you would like to purchase something to be included in the Memory Garden in memory or honor of someone, you may do so beginning April 1st. Please contact Jen Manthey, Director of Community Services, if you are interested or would like more information, at (913) 744-2416 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In conjunction with the Memory Garden Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, we will also be celebrating the rededication of a George Washington Memorial monument, from Sons of the American Revolution (SAR). Originally placed behind Northpointe, along with a Tulip Poplar that was one of the seedlings from the historic Maryland Liberty Tree, they were purchased by the local Sons of the American Revolution chapter in 1999.
According to www.SAR.org, the Sons of the American Revolution is a “lineage” society, which means that each member has traced their family tree back to a point of having an ancestor who supported the cause of American Independence during the years 1774-1783. Almost 165,000 descendants of the men and women Patriots of the American Revolution have been admitted to their membership since their founding. The memorial and tulip poplar were placed in honor of Kess Kessler, a former Lakeview Village resident and member of SAR, who died earlier this year. The tulip poplar, also known as a Liberty Tree, was placed with the plaque to pay homage of those who supported the cause during the American Revolution.