Adopt-A-Park program started for ‘extra oomph’

By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Veterans Memorial Park should be looking good for today’s Memorial Day ceremonies.
In preparation for the events, which begin at 9 a.m., about 50 employees from Leggett & Platt, Inc., volunteered their time to beautify the park.
“All of the memorial bricks were cleaned, we weeded everything and picked up any trash,” said Kathy Billings with Leggett & Platt.
The work was part of Adopt-A-Park, a new Department of Parks and Recreation program.
“We want to partner with different companies, organizations and churches,” said Don Lewis, director of Tupelo Parks and Rec. “What we’re trying to do is get somebody to adopt a certain section of a park, then help maintain it on a quarterly basis.”
Lewis said he’d been thinking about the idea for several years, then he was approached by Leggett & Platt.
“They asked how they could help, so that presented a perfect opportunity to start Adopt-A-Park,” he said.
Company employees and family members held an initial cleanup about six weeks ago, then returned last week to get the site ready for Memorial Day. The sessions lasted about three and a half hours.
“Our general manager is 100 percent in support of this,” Billings said. “He’s been out there cleaning with everyone else.”
Two Adopt-A-Park signs with Leggett & Platt’s name have been placed at the company’s section of the park. Lewis said he hopes the signs are the first of many. “This will give a little extra oomph to our maintenance efforts,” Lewis said.
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Remembering Veterans
MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN who made the ultimate sacrifice will be honored in ceremonies at 9 a.m. today at Veterans Memorial Park in Tupelo. Patriotic music will be performed by Amanda Summers, and Bob Verell will perform “Taps.”

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