American Legion donates to Fargo VA Hospital’s “healing garden”


The future of a healing garden at the Fargo VA Hospital just got a little brighter.

The American Legion donated $16,000 to the garden Tuesday morning.

That money will go toward flowers, benches, and artwork.


Every year, the American Legion state commander designates a project for fundraising.

Dave Rice chose the healing garden in memory of his brother, John.

Dave Rice- American Legion Past Dept. Commander: “This project is very near and dear to my heart because my brother was hospitalized here and when we took him outside there was really no place to go. I heard about this healing garden project where they can be out there in the sun and enjoy the flowers and pergolas and that type of thing, and I said, ‘that’s it, that’s what I want to do.'”

Linda Juntenen, Past Department President, had this as her President’s Project so some of the money to make this available came from that.

Thank you to everyone that contributed to this great project that is coming to life.

The garden is expected to be complete sometime next summer.