Memorial Day broke bright, but impending storms threatened the dedication of Reagan Lommell’s program for the dedication of her Gold Star Girl Scout project, months in the making. The decision was made to carry on with the event, which included a skydiver, Eddie Shamblin, delivering the flag to be flown over the park, a flyover of airplanes by Bob Johnson, as well as patriotic music and Flag ceremonies. An inspirational dedication occurred for the Fallen K9 Officers Memorial Dog Park of Atkinson.
The Thin Blue Line Flag was raised over the park, and then presented to Sgt. Weisser of the Geneseo Police Department, K9 Bobby’s trainer and partner, in memory of him.
Staffing of the event was done by the Geneseo Girl Scouts, Troop 8655. They also provided refreshments to attendees.
Brett Vandewoestyne of Vandemore Funeral Home & Pet Crematory was on hand to make the final donation for the project, which was done completely with donations and volunteer help.
Reagan Lommell, Project Manager, had was grateful to all the participants. “ I am thankful for having a beautiful day for this event. It’s been very exciting. I am thankful to have been a part of something that people will enjoy, and this contribution to the community.”
Ken Taber, Mayor of Atkinson, did the official ribbon cutting, opening up the park. “i’m very proud of Reagan, and very grateful that she chose Atkinson to build her Park.” He also commented about the appropriateness of the inspirational ceremony that was given.