Memorial Garden to open Saturday
, 2015

Memorial Garden to open Saturday

After being stored at different locations for several years, the memorial plaques that were purchased with the downtown trees in the ‘80s, have found a permanent resting place at the Kilmarnock Museum’s Memorial Garden, 76 North Main Street, Kilmarnock.

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An Eagle Scout project for Shawn Valdrighi, the son of Lisa and Chris Valdrighi of Weems, the garden is behind the museum and will be accessible to the public at all times.

With three new memorials added this week for William and Irene Benson, Joyce B. Keyser and Maggie Waters, a total of 68 plaques are now in the garden, said museum president Carroll Lee Ashburn.

There is time for new memorials to be added prior to the dedication and anyone wishing to purchase one may do so by calling 296-0930, said Ashburn.

The memorials are not restricted to Kilmarnock residents or merchants but can be in honor of anyone, anywhere, he said.

Museum volunteers have made every effort to locate all the plaques and if anyone has one they would like included in the garden, they can bring it to the museum, or call, said Ashburn. There will be no charge for this.

The museum is not responsible for any lost or destroyed plaques, and there is no record available of the original names, he added.

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