2013-11-01 / Letters

Respect Tribute Park

Dear Editor:

Tribute Park is one of the most precious places in our community, where friends and family members can go to pay their respects to their loved ones or just spend some quiet time to reflect, or soak in the gorgeous surroundings. It was built to honor the men and women of our community who gave their lives on one of the most tragic days in our lifetimes.

I am shocked to see some people treating it otherwise.

On the afternoon of October 28th, my grandmother suggested we go visit Tribute Park for a minute. Being such a gorgeous afternoon, I could not say no. However, as soon as we entered the park, instead of feeling serene and touched, I became angry and disgusted. There were four other people sitting quietly in the park, drinking coffee and enjoying the sunshine. There was also one woman, talking on her cellphone while the four children under her supervision threw handfuls of rocks, stamped on the flowers, coloring with chalk on the memorial bricks and benches, and actually CLIMBED all over the monument! One park visitor actually went up to her, asking politely if she would ask the children to stop, as this is somewhat sacred ground. When the careless caregiver ignored the woman, the now disgruntled lady went up to the children herself and demanded they stop climbing on the monuments. They listened, but only for a moment. This woman was so offended she actually left the park.

Tribute Park is a place of honor and respect; there are places called "PLAYGROUNDS" for your children to climb and run and play in, NOT a place of reflection. Have some respect.

BRIANNE ROGERS

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