Saturday, August 8, 2009

Columbine Memorial

Nestled in the hill above Columbine High School, with the mountains framing it in the background is the Columbine Memorial.The plaque at the entrance states "On April 20, 1999, in a senseless act of violence, twelve students and one teacher were killed, and many others injured at Columbine High School. It was a tragic event that shocked the Columbine and metro-Denver communities, horrified and saddened the nation, and changed forever our perceptions of the safety and security within a school typical of so many across America.
Over time, Columbine parents, students, faculty, and community leaders designed and constructed this Columbine Memorial to remember those killed and injured that day and honor their lives. this Memorial is dedicated to those innocent victims, so that they are' never forgotten'. "

As you enter the Memorial area, there are several small waterfalls where you can sit and meditate. Our niece from Florida and was with us.

In the circular area, is a section dedicated to each victim, with the thoughts and tributes of family members.
The wall around the area has engraved thoughts from students, faculty, and community leaders concerning the tradgedy.

Our niece, with us, stand at the top of the hill above the Memorial. It was very sobering to be there. We remember so well when it happened and our thoughts and feelings at the time.
We pray that this kind of event never happens again. And that our country will look to God for the wisdom, comfort, and healing that we need.

I am reminded of the Scripture in II Chronicles 7:14
"If my people, who are called by me name, will humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land."

8 comments:

Chris said...

That is a nice, but sad memorial. That's a day I will never forget. Another reason I'm againist guns.

Hugs,
Chris

squawmama said...

Hi Ruthie... What a very sad day that was but a beautiful memorial for them... I saw a special on the survivors of Columbine and it is amazing how some of them became teachers and returned to teach at that school so they could help kids... Great post!

(((HUGS)))
Donna

SmilingSally said...

My mother died on the same day. Thanks for sharing. Happy Sunday.

Technonana said...

THANK YOU, for sharing this... what a wonderful tribute to these innocents!!!

Cherdecor said...

Hi Ruthie, I just found you again! When my computer crashed, I lost all the sites that I loved and yours was one of them.

Colorado is beautiful and this memorial is fantastic. When that situation happened at Columbine, our daughter-in-law was single then and she drove all the way from Virginia Beach to Columbine to comfort the students. It was a tragic day.

I have a lot of catching up here on your blog. I hope you are well and enjoying your summer.
Hugs,
cheryl

a portland granny said...

Wonderful pictures! That was a sad day in our history.

You've been out of touch for a while. I hope you are okay. I'm thinking you are enjoying your trips to the mountains this summer.

Technonana said...

Are you off camping again???

Jan Parrish said...

Great post. I'll have to go visit this sometime.