Help sought for garden work at Veterans Memorial site

Tending to gardens can be a lot of work even for a three-person team. Dave and Bonny Ballard, as well as Dave's sister, Debbie Helton, have been trying to preserve various gardens people have planted around the Huron County Veterans Memorial on Shady Lane Drive.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 25, 2010

Tending to gardens can be a lot of work even for a three-person team.

Dave and Bonny Ballard, as well as Dave's sister, Debbie Helton, have been trying to preserve various gardens people have planted around the Huron County Veterans Memorial on Shady Lane Drive.

Helton said the gardens are in need of mulching, pruning and weed control.

"They're beautiful gardens and it just would be nice if a group of people would volunteer to help us," she said.

The three will be working on the gardens at 8 a.m. Saturday.

If you would be willing to help, or even donate mulch and other supplies, call (419) 668-7371.

On a related note, a dedication ceremony at the memorial honoring those who have fought, are fighting or will fight in the global war on terror is set for 1 p.m. May 27.

A new stone will be added to the memorial, and Norwalk Police Officer Dave Ditz, a veteran of the war on terrorism, will speak. He and his wife recently returned from tours of duty in Iraq.

As with other stones in the memorial, those who have made the ultimate sacrifice will have their names engraved on the stone.

To date, the only Huron County resident lost in the war is Jason Sparks, a U.S. Army soldier who was killed in action in Iraq. If others are lost, their names will be added on site.

Parking is available at the Huron County Job and Family Services building parking lot across the street from the memorial. Bring your own lawn chairs, since there will be no seating provided.

Paver bricks are still available for those wishing to support the memorial. Order forms may be found at the Huron County Veterans Services office at Shady Lane Complex, or by calling Dave or Bonny Ballard at (419) 668-2064. Funds received from the sale of paver bricks will go toward the continuing maintenance and upkeep of the memorial.