IVINS — A ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new flag-shaped sculpture called a Lovescape, donated by LoveLocks, Inc. to the Southern Utah Veterans Home, 160 N. 200 East in Ivins, will be held Saturday as part of the home’s “Love a Veteran” campaign. Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, will be on hand to assist in the ceremony which is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m.
The flag-shaped Lovescape is a free-standing metal art structure designed to hold specially made keyless locks called LoveLocks that can be inscribed with messages of love for a veteran. LoveLocks are made to lock only once and symbolize love that lasts forever. Around the world, cities from Moscow to Rome are filled with fences, gates and poles adorned with LoveLocks.
“This Lovescape is another way to honor veterans,“ Vie Van Noy, director of community relations, said. “It represents the dedication and sacrifice of veterans for all of the freedoms we enjoy. It also gives family and friends of loved ones an opportunity to participate in this ancient tradition.”
Stewart and his staff will share their love and appreciation for veterans by personally delivering Valentines to the residents at Southern Utah Veterans Home. The event will include music, light refreshments, sharing of wartime love stories and, of course, placing LoveLocks on the Lovescape. Anyone who would like to share a wartime love story can send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rust- and tarnish-resistant aluminum LoveLocks are available for purchase at Southern Utah Veterans Home. Special pens will also be available at the front desk to use to personalize messages to a veteran on the lock at no cost. For more information regarding the event or to learn more about purchasing your LoveLock, call 435-634-5220.
About Southern Utah Veterans Home
The Southern Utah Veterans Home was founded on principles that recognize the worth of every individual. Success depends upon the ability to create and maintain a nurturing environment where individuality is promoted and dignity is preserved.
All recognized Utah veterans, spouses and surviving spouses who require short-term rehab or long-term nursing home care as defined by the Department of Veterans Affairs or Medicare and as certified by a physician receive affordable, high-quality services.
Admissions are overseen by a team who are available seven days a week and includes the administrator, director of nursing, medical director, admissions coordinator and other staff members needed to support a successful transition into the Southern Utah Veterans Home.
- What: “Love a Veteran” Lovescape ribbon cutting and lock placement
- When: Saturday, Feb. 13, 1:30 p.m.
- Where: Southern Utah Veterans Home, 160 N. 200 East, Ivins
- Cost: Free, public welcome
- Resources: Lovelocks website