The VA Healing Garden dedication took place last Friday, August 3rd. It was a magnificent day with the sun shining upon the garden and all who attended.
This project started out as a vision of Bud Neal’s being an Arbor Day tree planting in 2014 and grew into what it is today, a beautiful garden with five trees that represent the five branches of the armed forces, five benches representing the last five wars, an inspiration garden, a rock garden, a scented garden, a patriotic garden and a flag pole with the American and P.O.W. flags. The Healing Garden overlooks the most amazing view of trees with the sun rising behind them each morning.
Through the support and involvement of the CT Tree Protective Association, the Healing Garden was made possible. We would like to thank the membership for it’s support, big or small, through monetary contributions and to all who helped with labor, time and materials. The veterans at the Healthcare Facility appreciate your generosity and are truly grateful to be blessed with this gift that was given so freely by so many people. Bud Neal and Sandy Ingellis took this vision with their strong leadership and worked tirelessly, through many adversities, to bring the healing garden to the veterans to enjoy for years to come.
We would like to humbly thank F.A. Bartlett, The Tree Wardens’ Association of CT, Eversource, Almstead Tree and Shrub Care and the CT Tree Protective Association for donating the five trees and planting them in the pouring rain on Arbor Day. We also would like to acknowledge and thank Chris Donnelly, F.A. Bartlett, Phyllis Kelleher and Distinctive Tree Care for their generous donation of purchasing a bench for the veterans to sit and enjoy the outdoors. And a special thank you to O&G Construction for the donation of the labor, time and material for the sidewalk and stone wall, to Hartford Fence Company who donated the time and labor to put up the fence and the American Legion Post #155 of Woodbury for the donation of the flagpole, flags and solar light.
The honor of cutting the ribbon at the dedication was given to two veterans with Sandy Ingellis, Commissioner Saadi, Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman and Bud Neal.
And the very great honor of raising the flag was given to a veteran who has been helping Bud and Sandy with not only his support during the project but watering the trees, plants and grass each day.