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Remembrance Day: A Time to Give Back

Thursday, April 18, 2013
by Bob Brown '15
Every spring, Marymount students help clean up Arlington’s Rock Spring Park to honor and remember those in the university community who have died. This year, working under the guidance of members of the Rock Spring Garden Club, they raked and pulled weeds, removed honeysuckle brush and vines, and planted flowers.

Marymount’s Student Government Association started Remembrance Day to honor Tara Howard and Adam Dowell, who were both in the class of 2009 and died in accidents. Tara’s father, Bill Howard, has joined the students each year to help maintain Rock Spring Park in Tara’s memory. He said, “It’s quite humbling to realize that my daughter has been an inspiration for this activity. It has been Tara-iffic! I don’t think it [the park] would look as beautiful as it does without the help of the Marymount community every spring.”

This year, Remembrance Day held special meaning for the 30+ students who gathered in the park on April 14th; the university recently lost two beloved faculty members – Dr. Sean Hoare, professor of literature and languages, and Rhett Leverett, assistant professor of history. In addition, Margot Bardan, who had long assisted students in the financial aid office, passed away unexpectedly.

As students completed their day’s work, Garden Club member Diane Graham surveyed the park and noted that the north border of the park had been cleared tremendously by their efforts.
– Juna Luzi ʼ15 and Mark Anthony Curtis ʼ15, both majoring in economics in society

– Ben Huang ʼ14, a psychology major

PHOTO 3 – Bob Brown ʼ15, a communication major, and Bill Howard

PHOTO 4 – Chris Macomber ʼ14, a history major