November 12, 2010
Memorial for Addison Leigh
Hello there. I have some information regarding a memorial for Addison. We've had people tell us they are interested in participating. I cannot remember exactly who told me they are interested, so I have decided to post about it here and link to it via facebook. Hopefully between this and email we can let everyone know. Please do not feel like you have to participate; many of you have already helped us greatly and we very much appreciate all that you have done.
We met with a professor at Virginia Western Community College, located here in Roanoke, Virginia. There is a community arboretum on the grounds and within that arboretum is a children's garden. We plan to put an educational memorial in that garden. At this time we are thinking of a kinetic wind sculpture (video at bottom of page) as well as a child-sized bench to match the adult ones already present in the area. I also like the idea of wind chimes being placed somewhere in the garden and if we have the resources I think that we will do that as well.
I cannot guarantee that this is the final verdict on what will be done; I do know that we really like the idea in general and these items in particular. When a final decision has been made we will be sure to tell everyone the outcome.
If you would like to take part in the memorial, checks made out to The Community Arboretum and designated Addison Leigh Memorial can be sent to this address:
The Community Arboretum
Roanoke, VA 24038-4007
Any donations made can be claimed for tax purposes under the same category as a donation made to a college or university.
I know that not everyone keeps up with us here on the blog and that there are plenty who do not have a facebook account. If you know that I have missed someone, please feel free to forward this information along. I don't want anyone to think that we forgot them.
Again, thank you to everyone for your prayers and support; we are stronger and capable of getting through this because of our wonderful friends and family. Please contact me if you have any questions.