EDINBURGH, Ind. – The Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center chaplains recognized the Men’s Club of Franklin United Methodist Community, along with other groups on Sept. 24 for creating a Meditation Garden for the soldiers of Camp Atterbury. This Service of Dedication was led by the Camp Atterbury chaplains and included comments by the Atterbury Command Staff.

Camp Atterbury is located 10 miles south of Franklin and is the designated mobilization site for many National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve Units. During the so-called “Global War on Terror,” Camp Atterbury and its partners, the 205th and 189th Infantry Brigades, have mobilized more than 50,000 soldiers.

In 2008, Post Chaplain (LTC) Eric Webb and Deputy Post Chaplain Doug Brown led efforts to create a “Prayer Garden” attached to the post chapel. In June 2008, a tornado destroyed the fledgling Prayer Garden and wreaked havoc throughout Camp Atterbury and surrounding areas. The Franklin United Methodist Community Men’s Club accepted the challenge to replace and expand the garden to a bigger, more inclusive Meditation Garden for use by troops passing through the camp.

The Men’s Club raised nearly $9,000 for the project. The area around the Meditation Garden was enhanced through the efforts of others including area Roman Catholic and Presbyterian churches, plus the Garden Club of Edinburgh.

David Mark Owens serves as associate chaplain at the United Methodist-related Franklin United Methodist Community. Visit www.franklinunitedmethodist.org.