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Franchot Park to Host Area’s 22nd Annual Children's Day and Children's Memorial Garden Event

The Children’s Annual Garden is ready for planting on Sunday.
Memorial blocks were laid in the ground last year as part of Antonio Belvees' Eagle Scout project.

OLEAN, NY - Olean’s Franchot Park will host the area's 22nd Annual National Children's Day celebration on Sunday at 1 p.m.

As part of the living memorial to all children, living or deceased, a prominent part of the celebration will be the planting of flowers in the Children's Memorial Flower Garden. Everyone is welcome to bring an annual flower of choice to plant; otherwise flowers will be made available. Gardening tools and gloves will be helpful.
At this year’s event, Olean Mayor William Aiello will read a proclamation on behalf of the city, and tentatively will be joined by representatives from the Olean Fire and Police departments.

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Boy Scout Troop 621 will be the honor guard during the ceremony. Special recognition will also be given to Antonio Belvees, Olean Troop 617, for the project he completed in the Children's Memorial Garden area as part of his Eagle Scout program.

Other individuals and organizations in attendance to help with the planting will also be given an opportunity to speaks  in honor of the children.
Refreshments will be made available, along with raffles and special activities for the children.

For further information, contact Kathy Boser at 716- 373-0406 or Beth Boser at
Children's Day is a holiday recognized in many countries around the world, traditionally held on the second Sunday in June. In America, the celebration of a special Children's Day predates both Mother's and Father's Day, with the first documented observation being held 161 years ago in 1856.

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