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For Immediate Release
September 20, 2012
Marla Augustine, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-4047 or
Ribbon Cutting at the Norfolk Regional Center Cemetery Sept. 28
Memorial Garden
Lincoln—A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at the Norfolk Regional Center cemetery for the new memorial garden honoring the people who lived and died there.  The ceremony begins at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, September 28. The cemetery (one of two NRC cemeteries) is located on East Benjamin, east of the hospital (it’s closest to the Ag Complex of Northeast Community College).
“The garden is a way to recognize that the graves at this cemetery represent people who deserve to be remembered and accorded respect,” said Scot L. Adams, director of the Division of Behavioral Health at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.
The new garden includes a monument, a bench and plantings of flowers and bushes on the cemetery grounds.
There will be the ribbon cutting and the lighting of a candle, followed by a moment of silence at 3:10 p.m. Then there will be a reading of the names of the people who are buried at NRC’s two cemeteries, after which poems written by people with mental illnesses will be read, with a closing prayer.
The event is open to the public.