The memory of a former county resident is living on at the Manassas Senior Center.
Updates have been made to the center’s Perpetual Memory Garden, which was dedicated to the memory of Will Bennett at a recent ceremony.
Will Bennett was a longtime member of the center and represented the Brentsville District on the Prince William Area Commission on Aging, according to a release from the county.
Brentsville District Supervisor Jeanine Lawson was one of the ceremony speakers.
“I know that he was a big advocate for the senior center, so I think it’s appropriate that we honor him today with the dedication of the memory garden in his name,” Lawson said.
Will Bennett’s son, Ben Bennett, also spoke.
“There’s really no words to describe how honored he would have felt,” Bennett said. “What you did here is absolutely fantastic. He would be proud and honored. I just want to tell you thank you.”
The garden, which is located behind the Manassas Senior Center, offers a circular patio that offers granite benches and a rock garden. It was first dedicated in 1998.
The Friends of the Manassas Senior Center, Cornerstone Landscaping, Inc., the Manassas Senior Center, and Keep Prince William Beautiful (KPWB) worked together to update the garden.
“We knew that we wanted to … enhance our memory garden, and now we’re here dedicating a perpetual memory garden in the name of Will Bennett,” Prince William Area Agency on Aging Director Sarah Henry said in a release.
Here is a video of the ceremony from Prince William County.
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