WESTFIELD, NJ — Downtown Westfield’s World War I and World War II monuments got new landscaping Thursday, thanks to volunteers and donations from local businesses, funds the Westfield Memorial Park Foundation and the Westfield Department of Public Works.
Eighteen employees with UBS in Westfield spent part of their morning putting in more than 60 new plants at the World War II monument. Some of their children, visiting for Take Your Child to Work Day, pitched in, as well.
It was one of several service projects UBS offices are participating in around the country, according to Branch Manager Matt Power.
“The Westfield office came in with the department of public works and the Westfield Memorial Park Foundation, contributing our time and efforts to help dignify the WWII memorial that honors the more than 80 Westfield residents who gave their lives in service to our country,” Power said.
He thanked Craig Gibson (supervisor with the Westfield Department of Public Works) and Keith Gibbons from the Westfield Memorial Park Foundation for helping to coordinate the project.
Plants for the WWI monument were donated by Susan Massa of Keller Williams Realty in Westfield. Gibson said that some of the varieties that he chose for the project, with help from Parker Gardens, hold special significance — Peace rose bushes and purple violets (New Jersey’s state flower) at the WWII monument and poppies a the WWI monument.
He added that, recently, all of the American flags at Westfield monuments and the municipal building were replaced with new ones.
“We’re beautifying Westfield everywhere we can,” Gibson said.