Lake Anna Rescue, Inc. will hold a dedication of a gazebo in Gail Martin’s honor, a charter member of the squad. Her untimely death in a 2011 car wreck cut short her long tenure as one of Louisa County’s most active volunteers.
The landscaped memorial is a product of countless hours of volunteer labor.
“It’s kind of been a collaborative thing,” Linda LaPlace said. It’s the whole squad.”
The gazebo was purchased with memorial funds. Jason Slater led the team in excavating a path for the walkway. Wesley Chiles donated his time and expertise to build the slate walkway. The arch was intended for the landfill but was rescued before it arrived.
Holly Grove Rescue Squad donated tulip bulbs in memory of Martin. Martin’s long-time friend and fellow volunteer, Marilyn Root, donated other plants to border the walkway.
Lake Anna Rescue Squad members plan to place picnic tables near the gazebo. The Lake Anna Craft Club designed stepping stones to enhance the picnic area in memory of Gwen and John Owens as well as Martin, all charter members of the squad.
The dedication will be held at the Lake Anna Rescue, Inc., headquarters in Bumpass on Sunday, April 6 at 3 p.m. The pastor from the Little River Baptist Church, the squad’s original meeting place, will give the blessing. Speakers include Joan Mazza reading her original poem inspired by Martin; Dan Byers, Jackson District’s County Supervisor; and Kathleen Boxley, one of Martin’s good friends.
The décor will be red, white and blue because Martin loved patriotic themes. Many in the community, area churches and from other rescue squads will contribute finger foods so that the 200-300 expected guests can enjoy refreshment while recalling Martin and her considerable influence in the Louisa community.