DAR Chapter Gives to Bixby Park

SHADE FOR CONTEMPLATION: Present at the tree dedication at Washington Irving Park were DAR Wealaka Chapter members Nancy Robinson, Marilyn Means, Anne Nelson, Cheryl Williams, Carolyn Thornton, Elaine Tittle and Lola Rogers.

In November, the Wealaka Chapter of the NSDAR (National Society Daughters of American Revolution) helped with the purchase of a replacement tree at Washington Irving Park. 

In 2014, when a contemplation bench was placed at the World Trade Center Memorial, there was a large tree that shaded the bench and visitors who came to sit and meditate. However, last year, a wind storm blew down the tree, so the group worked with the Bixby Park Department to purchase a tree. 

At the dedication ceremony for the newly-planted tree, one of the chapter’s members, Gwen McLaughlin, read a poem that she wrote for the occasion:

A stately tree once stood near this bench
Where viewers come sit to remember
And honor those lost in the Twin Towers
On that dreadful day in September.
Last year a mighty wind storm occurred
That destroyed that gallant tree.
No longer was there a shaded spot
For the viewers like you and like me.
Today we meet and remember still
That most dreadful September day,
As we plant a new tree to give us shade
Where we meet in remembrance and pray.

Updated 12-19-2017

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