Two burials in one day

I helped to bury my 87 year-old friend in Kentucky on Tuesday.  While I gathered with her family and other close friends to ease her into the ground, Greensboro buried another octegenarian – War Memorial Stadium.

In fine Irish tradition, those who made the long trek to my friend’s gravesite service threw handfulls of fresh dirt onto her coffin. We then stuck around and watched as the waiting dump truck poured the remaining soil into the hole and fill it to overflowing.

Turns out, back in my adopted hometown of Greensboro, that dump truck was a metaphor for what was occuring in polling places around town.  A huge majority of voters didn’t just sprinkle handfulls of dirt on our old stadium, they dumped the whole load.

As soon as I flew back last night I rushed to attend a Parks & Recreation Commission meeting.  We discussed the victory of the the bond that wore the P&R label because that one won handily, and that is good.  But I am left to wonder why the stadium’s bond, which is a Parks & Rec facility, wasn’t rolled into a larger P&R bond issue that almost always curries favor with Greensboro voters.  But alas…

Starting soon, I intend to get my shovel out and begin to exhume what is left of War Memorial Stadium and see if plans for the place can be revived.  But for right now I’m just going give it a rest.

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2 Comments

  1. Posted November 9, 2006 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

    David,
    I promise you when news of the statium bond broke, my beloved Daddy rolled over in his grave as he spent years collecting money and parking cars at the VFW post right up until a few days before he died. That VFW post and the statium that supported the post through parking fees gave Daddy back the things he lost in the Korean War.

    One of the things Daddy was proudest of is what Memorial Stadium stood for. He talked to me about seeing games there when he was stationed at ORD (Overseas Replacement Depot) during WW2. Daddy lied about his age to get in the Army when he was really still a child and WMS and ORD were the first things Daddy ever knew about Greensboro as he had never been here until the Army brought him here.

  2. Keith Hoggard
    Posted November 11, 2006 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    David,

    Your link to Bettie’s obituary has apparently expired. Here’s one to her obit in the BG Daily News archives that is good for at least the next 14 days (from today – 11/11/06)…..

    http://docs.newsbank.com/openurl?ctx_ver=z39.88-2004&rft_id=info:sid/nl.newsbank.com:BGDB&rft_val_format=info:ofi/fmt:kev:mtx:ctx&rft_dat=115365AFC662DB70&svc_dat=Archives:bgdb

    Keith