Re: Arson leaves a hole in Family’s routine (March 4).
We are extremely pleased and delighted to announce that our son Michael’s memorial bench has been rebuilt and replaced at the Oak Bay Marina. Michael’s bench had been torched and destroyed on Feb. 22. My wife and I were initially devastated and were unable to comprehend why anyone would actually want to vandalize a memorial bench. It seemed to us such a senseless act of destruction.
Since the incident and as a result of media coverage, our spirits were lifted by the many calls we received from concerned citizens and friends offering words of encouragement and support.
Many kind people stepped forward wishing to contribute their resources and talent in replacing Michael’s bench, and with their combined efforts succeeded in doing so. Our family is most grateful and would like to thank each and every one of them for offering their valuable time and resources.
How blessed and fortunate we are to live in a city and a community where such warmth and support is so evident.
Martin & Stella Battle