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Letter: A garden is a good alternative to harmful balloon releases

Nationwide, organizations are considering alternatives to environmentally harmful activities such as balloon releases. A popular and enduring tribute is a memorial garden.

Even something as simple as planting a tree is a beautiful, lasting method of providing enjoyment for all over the years.

A small example of this is the peaceful Y-Angels Memorial Garden at the YMCA in Salisbury. Started in 2003 in memory of a loved member who had passed shortly before the Y moved into the new location on Jake Alexander Boulevard, what began as a few donated bulbs and cuttings has grown into a small garden. A few plaques and a bench have been added to pay tribute to loved ones.

Even little kittens have been remembered in this garden. For Memorial Day, small American flags were placed around the border, making a touching sight.

Community support for this garden keeps it growing. Children enjoy the stepping stones, the pretty flowers and the trees. You often see birds and bees visiting the garden. Stop by to see what a little creative thinking can achieve to enrich life rather than cause damage to our planet.

— Joanne Bryla

China Grove

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