Let's keep Memory Garden free from vandalism
The fifth annual Sunset Walk To Remember brought together many families on Sunday as an opportunity to remember the loved ones they have lost.
The new Memory Wall was unveiled and the Memory Garden at Island Park could be appreciated for its beauty, as a place to remember loved ones.
Let's hope everyone in the community can remember to show respect to these families and others dealing with loss, and keep the Memory Garden and the Memory Wall free from vandalism.
Last year the Sunset Palliative Care Memory Garden in Portage la Prairie's Island Park was trampled and many trees in the garden broken and destroyed by some individuals who chose to vandalize this property.
It took a great deal of work by volunteers as well as donated money to repair all the damage that was done and replace the trees that were destroyed by the culprits.
Today the Memory Garden has been restored, and a beautiful new granite Memory Wall has been installed with names of loved ones inscribed on its surface.
It would be a shame for anything to ever happen to this sacred space again.
What does it take to make people understand that desecrating a special place created to help families grieve, heal and remember their loved ones hurts everyone in the community?
This kind of violent act also takes away from the beauty of creation, and hurts every hand that worked to make this place of beauty that all people need at some time in their lives.
One woman who helped in the unveiling of the Memory Wall, Dyann McKay, said the Memory Wall and Memory Garden are a special place for many people.
"I hope people can respect this place," she stressed.
People need a place like the Memory Garden where they can sit and remember their loved ones. There are not enough places where people can go where they are allowed to reflect and find solace.
Sunset Palliative Care has made it possible for individuals to find a place of comfort when they are dealing with loss.
The organization is also there as a way to remind people that grief and loss are topics that need to be talked about openly. And judging by the number of people who participated in the hike on Sunday, it is clear it is a subject close to many people's heart.
One message that came out of the Sunset Walk to Remember this weekend is that people need to show respect for one another - respect for one another's losses, and respect for that place of tranquility and solace where those who have been hurt can go to heal.
Angela Brown is City Editor of Portage Daily Graphic