Library minipark dedicated Sunday

Library minipark dedicated Sunday In spite of uncooperative weather, the Vermillion Public Library Foundation's dedication ceremonies for the Lloyd R. Moses Minipark were held in the community room of the public library on Sunday afternoon, April 21.

Master of Ceremonies Walter Reed, a friend of General Moses, spoke briefly on Lloyd's being a true patriot, a son of Dakota, a committed soldier, a conscientious leader, a diligent scholar and an earnest educator. Because poor road conditions prohibited Cindy Moses Mydland, a cousin of General Moses, from attending, her prepared speech was read by Emogene Paulson, a family friend.

She read, in part, that "Lloyd was very humble about his accomplishments and his intelligence. He was unpretentious and was just as comfortable � and interested � in talking to a student or a common laborer as he was a head of state ? He loved God, Ruth (his wife), his country, his family, The University of South Dakota, his many friends, his home, and last but not least, his books and his beautiful yard which are both represented here today and dedicated to his loving memory."

Other participants in the ceremony included Boy Scout Troop 365, who presented the Color Guard, and Mayor Roger Kozak and Jon Flanagin, chairman of the Vermillion Public Library Board of Trustees.

The minipark features benches, a table, lighting, a brick wall, and many flowering plants and shrubs, including gold flame spiraea, pygmy barberry, miniature roses, as well as a hawthorn and a crabapple tree. The names of benefactors who contributed $100 or more to the "Blooms and Bricks" project have been inscribed on a plaque to be placed inside the library building.

Sunday's dedication of the minipark, Vermillion's only downtown park, completes the renovations which began with updating the library interior in 1999. Since then parking spaces, a more convenient bookdrop location for drivers, improved lighting and safety features have also been added.

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