COLLEGE STATION, Texas (KBTX) – Several proposed plans for a new garden at Veterans Park were presented Thursday evening at the local Daughters of the American Revolution chapter meeting.
The City of College Station has designated a location for the Never Forget Garden within the 12-acre area of the Brazos Valley Veterans Memorial. Five potential landscaping plans developed by Texas A&M horticultural students were on display to members.
One will ultimately be selected after a vote later this week.
“If you’ve had the opportunity to see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington, DC, it’s a very moving experience,” said Heather White, Never Forget Garden Committee member. “We want people to have the opportunity to have a reflective experience in the veterans park. It’s such a fabulous park with all the sculptures and so much more. We want a place for people who may not have returned.
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is a historical monument dedicated to deceased US servicemen whose remains have not been identified. The Never Forget Garden will commemorate the 100th anniversary of its inauguration.
“The Daughters of the American Revolution promote historic preservation, education and patriotism,” said Vicki Smith-Dicky, who is part of the La Villita chapter of the DAR. “This garden fits in perfectly with what we think is so important to teach our community all that we stand for in promoting this story.”
The group says the garden and the ancient language of flowers can help express a deep love, respect, and pride in the millions of people who have served and sacrificed themselves to keep America’s promise alive. White says she’s excited to see some of the student landscaping that will ultimately embody that vision.
“I am delighted with the differences in the landscaping. I think it’s going to be difficult to make a decision, but I think what we come up with will be absolutely fabulous, ”White said.
The garden opening is scheduled for Veterans Day in November. They hope the project will be completed in 2022 in time for Memorial Day.
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