During the 1940s, the Kalamazoo Riverside Cemetary had a Veteran’s Memorial constructed in a corner of the cemetary. Since then, not a whole lot of upkeep has been done over the years, and about five years ago, the local Garden Club began the necessary steps to spearhead a project that will overhaul the whole memorial.
This is a cool story, and kudos to the ladies of the Kalamazoo Westwood Garden Club!
After years of planning, the Westwood Garden Club is finally preparing to break ground on a project to overhaul the veterans’ memorial in Kalamazoo’s Riverside Cemetery.
“The help we’ve received has been unbelievable,” said Zadie Jackson, who is one of three club members spearheading the project that will break ground this week after Memorial Day festivities. “But this is for our veterans, these are for the men and women who gave so much to our country, so it’s the least we can do.”
The multi-level memorial, which was constructed in the 1940s, is in need of a facelift after years of weathering and overgrown vegetation have taken their toll on the site that sits in the cemetery at the corner of Riverview Drive and Gull Road.
The effort to revitalize it began more than five years ago after garden club council director Sharon Robbins noticed the memorial was in poor shape when she would pass it while driving along Gull Road, Jackson said.