The Columbine Memorial was dedicated on Friday, Sept. 21, 2007 at Clement Park in Littleton, Colorado. It’s been designed as, “A place to reflect and remember; A place to seek comfort and peace.”
The memorial is shaped in a circle that has both inner and outer rings. The Columbine Memorial includes plaques that contain personalized messages about each of the 13 victims from their families and community. Thirteen doves were released in memory of each victim. 200 doves were released in memory of the survivors, rescue workers, and the Metropolitan Denver community.
The Columbine Memorial is located in Clement Park, Littleton, Colorado. This is the park where many kids went running to escape the rampage taking place within the school that day. Nearby are swings, and park equipment for young children to enjoy. It is a mixture of joy, and sorrow.
Frank DeAngelis was the Principal of Columbine High School in 1999. He was, and remains committed to all students and the Columbine community today. Rather than retiring or leaving the school, he chose to remain at Columbine and remains the schools principal.
The massacre at Columbine High School, located in a suburb of Denver, reminds us of how quickly a tragedy can occur. In cities and communities across America, just saying the word, “Columbine,” and associating it with an event at a local school says it all. Nothing else needs to be said. Everyone knows what is meant.
The Columbine Memorial is a place where anyone can go to remember the victims and the tragedy that affected the entire Metropolitan Denver community. It’s been reported that President Clinton sent a letter to Columbine Principal Frank DeAngelis. Speaking of the memorial, Clinton said that the memorial would give “solace, hope and a place for meditation where we can all go to learn.”
The 13 Columbine High School shooting victims were:
Cassie Bernall, 17
Steven Curnow, 14
Corey DePooter, 17
Kelly Fleming, 16
Matthew Kechter, 16
Daniel Mauser, 15
Daniel Rohrbough, 15
Dave Sanders, Teacher, 47
Rachel Scott, 17
Isiah Shoels, 18
John Tomlin, 16
Lauren Townsend, 18
Kyle Velasquez, 16
The Columbine Memorial web site lists the following goals of this memorial:
– Create a respectful place where family members, members of the community and visitors can come to gain an understanding of the innocent victims of Columbine.
– Create a memorial with content and purpose 100% derived from members of the Columbine community, and keeping with the scale, materials and natural forms found in the Columbine area.
– Recognize and honor the deceased, the injured, the survivors and the community members.
– Incorporate the Columbine “never forgotten” ribbon in the concept design for the memorial. In the years since the tragedy, the Columbine ribbon has become a symbol of community unification and strength. This specific ribbon, designed in the Community will be re-created in the paving or landscape patterns of the memorial