Student Memorial Garden February 2013

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'Once a Pirate, always a Pirate' isn't just a saying at ECU.

The campus community came together to create a space where students and others could celebrate and reflect on the lives of students lost too soon.

The Student Memorial Garden is a reminder to cherish life.


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Memorial garden honors students lost too soon

By Crystal Baity
ECU News Services  

A peaceful spot on the East Carolina University campus was dedicated Feb. 22 as a permanent remembrance to students who have died while enrolled at ECU.

The Student Memorial Garden is in the center of main campus between the Erwin Building and the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center and is visible from Mendenhall Student Center. The natural area surrounded by azaleas, oaks and dogwoods is a place for meditation and reflection, officials said.


ECU student sculpts centerpiece for memorial garden

By Crystal Baity
ECU News Services 

As a kid, East Carolina University student Donald “Trey” Martin III would hang around his dad’s shop welding scrap pieces of metal, trying to make a bigger or taller creation than his last.

Now that boyhood pastime is the 28-year-old’s major at ECU. 

Last spring Martin’s design for a sculpture – the centerpiece of the Student Memorial Garden - was selected from three student finalists in a campus-wide vote.

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“Everything is there for a purpose. The disc represents the circle of life. It’s never ending, it keeps going, but sometimes, in this instance, the circle is broken.”

-- Donald “Trey” Martin III


(Photos by Cliff Hollis)