White Plains Beautification Press Release: The Holocaust Memorial Garden

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White Plains Beautification has held a special place in the hearts of White Plains residents and commuters for many years. White Plains NY has often been called “The City In the Park” and with good reason. Gardens dot the landscape everywhere from the downtown, to our historic monuments to our parks and suburban enclaves.  Much of this is due to the good offices of the White Plains Beautification Foundation. The following is a press release sent to me by White Plains Beautification regarding the Holocaust Memorial Garden on Martine Ave. The memorial Cedar of Lebanon evergreen that was dedicated in 1992 has died, but plans are being made to replace the tree with the help of Alan and Mary Jane Goldman:  More information is below in the press release:

Ruthmarie Hicks

On Sunday, October 25, 1992, a dedication ceremony was held at the Holocaust Memorial Garden – Gates of Remembrance, located on Martine Avenue, as part of the celebration of U.N. Day.  A public meeting followed at the White Plains Public Library with speakers Kofi Annan, then U.N. Assistant Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations, and Sylvan Barnet, U.N. Representative of Rotary International.  White Plains Beautification Foundation participated in the dedication of the garden with the donation of a 16-foot-tall Cedar of Lebanon evergreen tree.

Today, the garden continues to be a lovely niche tucked behind sculpted gates alongside a busy avenue; however the tree has since died and was removed, remembered only by the plaque that still marks its place in the ground.  Prompted by Alan and Mary Jane Goldman of PIP Printing who generously offered to help fund a replacement tree, White Plains Beautification Foundation is purchasing another Cedar of Lebanon to be planted in the garden this April. 

Anyone wishing to contribute to this effort can send a check to White Plains Beautification Foundation, Box 1614, White Plains, NY, 10602.  Donations can also be made via Pay Pal online at our Web site www.wpbf.org.  Please make note on your check or in the comments box on Pay Pal that your donation is for the Cedar of Lebanon tree.  Since WPBF is a 501(c)(3) corporation, your donation is tax deductible.  For more information, email WPBF.cedaroflebanonfund@yahoo.com.


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