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Garden grows for 9/11

Med Bow makes use of Day of Service and Remembrance grant to add to Community Garden, host memorial

 


Kay Embree, member of American Legion Auxiliary (ALA), approached the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and the ALA about a grant to help get the Medicine Bow community garden cleaned up for a 9/11 memorial service, and was awarded $1,000.

Numerous projects are set to be completed for the memorial including installing a memorial bench and sign, inlaying an ALA emblem, planting trees and building a gravel pathway.

Embree said work starts at 9 a.m. and will go to noon when the Medicine Bow Senior Center will be offering lunches for $8 ($4 if 60 and over). Reservations are required, call 307-379-2270.

At 1 p.m. work will start on unfinished projects. At 3:30 p.m. Mayor Kevin Colman is scheduled to speak in tribute to those lost in the 9/11 attacks.

The CNCS is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and other programs. The September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance is why the grant was dispersed to Medicine Bow.

Starting in 2002, 9/11 family members and support groups wanted to provide a productive and respectful way to honor the memory of those who were lost, while also rekindling the spirit of unity and compassion that swept the nation after 9/11.

As a result of their efforts, the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance was established into law by the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act in 2009. The September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, a federally recognized observance, is being supported collaboratively by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the nonprofit MyGoodDeed.

Medicine Bow is the only town in the state to receive the grant for the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance this year.

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