AUBURN, Ala.- Auburn University’s Memory Garden will look a little different once crews are finished with it in late August.
The garden was constructed as a way to remember Alabama Veterans. Now, it is a popular spot for students to congregate and it’s beautiful flowers make for great photographs.
On Monday, crews began the process of getting the site ready for the new Auburn Memorial. The memorial will honor Auburn students, faculty, staff, alumni and veterans who have passed. A portion of the memorial will feature the Auburn Creed. The university says in addition to being a place to pay tribute to those who have passed, the site will serve as space for large memorial events due to an enlarged lawn, the pond and stream will be enhanced and the updated path will be ADA compliant.
Auburn’s SGA President, Jesse Westerhouse says the $1.2 million project is slated to be completed this August and the garden will remain closed until then. He adds this project has been in the works for nearly 10 years. He adds it hits close to home for him. My freshman year, in my fraternity, we lost a guy in a car wreck,” Westerhouse said. “To be able to know that there’s a place on campus where we can go and honor him and to know that any member of the Auburn Family is going to have that place for those they have lost is very comforting. It’s cool to see a project that we have taken on have such an impact for the Auburn Family.”