Please allow me space in your most valued paper to take residents back in history.
In July 2005, local government was asked to create in each township [a wall of heroes]. At the time Adam Hart was here and I was the chairman of the Marsh Harbour District.
I told him a perfect place was a lot of land that had an old Butler Building on it and that S & M Farms stored veggies to transport to the US for sale. Therefore, Memorial Gardens was born and the first induction was on the 11th of October, 2006, which is Heroes Day. This has been done for 11 years.
We were able to create this beautiful garden from the gift of $500 from each person on the wall. This bought sod, plants, and benches. The benches only lasted for 5 years. There are 50 plaques on the wall. 48 of them the families live in Marsh Harbour.
- James B. Crockett was the man that put Marsh Harbour on the map.
- Bob Tolor gave the Abacos 25 years of weather reports.
The Memorial Garden came to a halt in October of 2016 when funding stopped. Then one day in February 2017 I was in a bank when Judy Johnson (a piece of driftwood like myself) asked me what was wrong with the garden.
I told her it was disgraceful.
I told her in October 2016 funding stopped and I could not do it alone. Guess what? Judy cleaned it up for the Marsh Harbour people.
Therefore, the purpose of this walk down memory lane was to see if any of the 48 family members would like to give a due ($200) monthly to maintain this memorial place.
I must thank publicly Michael Albury from Man-O-War who gave a donation of $800 two years ago, for me to have the approximately 200-foot wall bleached and painted. Thank you again Michael and Judy!
-Yvonne Malone Albury Key, Caretaker of the Memorial Garden (The Wall of Heroes)