I think it is important to represent the 58 Angels, their families, fellow survivors, and those we have lost since so that no one is ever forgotten. After designing and overseeing the production of the butterfly sculpture at the Storybook Garden as well as many other pieces of artwork in the Healing Garden, I feel that I can give back in another way through this memorial.
It is important to survivors, the families of those we lost, and countless others that we show the nation how strong we are as a community, how we are healing, and how we are all persevering taking life one day at a time and finding joy, strength, and courage in the little things.
I believe that this memorial will be just as important as the Healing Garden in giving others a place to heal; a place to remember those we love; and a place to gather and support each other along our journey. This also will be a reminder to people that, together, we can change the world with one random act of kindness; whether it be daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly, every individual matters and sometimes we just need a reminder of that.
In designing a memorial, I would ensure that it represents everyone affected or touched by 1 October while educating community members and visitors alike about the importance of kindness, compassion, and caring. I would also like it to be a symbol of strength and love, and how, as people, we are stronger together.
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