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The Col. William Candler Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution dedicated the Patriot’s Park in Alta Vista Cemetery on Oct. 4 as the final event in its centennial celebration.
The park is in the corner of the cemetery near the main entrance on Jesse Jewell Parkway. It features three graves, a concrete path, a flower garden called the Garden of Evolution and a rock monument dedicated to Hall County’s World War I soldiers. The graves belong to Beal Baker, William Clark and his wife, Ruth Goodwin Clark.
The chapter worked for almost two years beautifying the cemetery. The project co-chairwoman Mindy Wade said the group has owned the lot for several decades.
“It was kind of a desolate little area of the cemetery, and we wanted it to reflect the pride we have in our heritage,” she said. “We wanted it to be a more parklike, serene atmosphere where people could come out and enjoy their surroundings and pay homage to the patriots.”
The dedication was the last event in a yearlong celebration of the chapter’s centennial.
“We are happy to bring back to life our Patriot’s Park,” co-chairwoman and chapter regent Christine Lanzing said. “But we realize it’s a work in progress. The members who worked on this years ago are looking to us to carry this garden forward into the next 100 years of our chapter’s history.”
The Lyman Hall Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution assisted with the dedication and supplied a color guard for the ceremony. Others who helped with donations included Candler Concrete with 4 yards of concrete, Garden Harmony Design with the landscape design, Johnny Vardeman, Vince Evans, Lowe’s, Home Depot, the city of Gainesville, Billy Powell and Tommy Hunt and his crew.
To learn more about the DAR, visit www.DAR.org.