The Western Connecticut State University Justice and Law Society will host an unveiling ceremony of a "Law Enforcement Memory Garden" at noon on Wednesday, May 3, at the Alumni Clock outside the Classroom Building on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. The event is free and open to the public. Police departments from the university, Ridgefield and Danbury, as well as other agencies selected by the Justice and Law Society, will also be in attendance. A small reception following the ceremony will be held under the Alumni Pavilion. Refreshments will be served.
Justice and Law Society students, most of whom are Justice and Law Administration majors, voted to create a law enforcement memory garden for the area they adopted as part of the university's adopt-a-spot program. The garden will have a small law enforcement memorial flag in place for each law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty. Presently, there will be 37 flags, but according to WCSU Professor of Justice and Law Administration Terrance Dwyer, "Yearly totals go in the range of 135-165." There also will be a marble stone in place with an inscription and landscaping with flowers.
Dwyer is an adviser to the Justice and Law Society and explained how the club decided on the garden. "Many of the members of the Justice & Law Society at WCSU either have family who are in law enforcement or they themselves aspire to join the ranks of law enforcement. At a meeting of the student club our secretary, Robert Weinberg, proposed the idea and club members joined in support. It has really been a total club effort under the leadership of club president Michael O'Sullivan and vice president Rebecca Sargeant. The club has benefited from the donation of time and services from local businesses, and the students have shown a lot of initiative in getting this project completed."
*Photo shows WCSU Professor of Justice and Law Administration Terry Dwyer; Justice and Law Society members Michael O'Sullivan, Violet Lisi and Rebecca Sargeant; and Mark Buzzetto from Brewster Flower Garden (which donated the flowers and landscaping materials); (kneeling): Justice and Law Society member Robert Weinberg, holding the engraved plaque in the garden the club created.