Permanent Columbine Memorial
Located in Clement Park, a short distance from the school
There is a permanent memorial to the victims of the Columbine tragedy. It was dedicated in September of 2007.
Not long after the tragedy, some people began making contributions for a memorial. The Columbine
Memorial Committee was the organization that raised the funds to build a permanent memorial, conducting fundraising events and soliciting donations from across the country and even the
world. The Foothills Foundation provided its nonprofit umbrella and acted as guardian of the funds.
Words of victim Lauren Townshend's mom, on the outer Ring of Healing
remembrance it was intended to be. The Foundation coordinates and facilitates maintenance, volunteer efforts, repairs, improvements and fundraising for the Columbine Memorial.
Madeline Mauser at the outer Ring
those innocent victims but also to provide a permanent historic record of this tragedy, and to deliver a message of hope and education for many generations to come.
One of the community messages on the outer Ring of Healing
The Memorial serves to honor the victims but also to provide a historic record of the tragedy and to deliver a message of hope for generations to come. The memorial includes an inner Ring of Remembrance and an outer Ring of Healing. The outer ring contains the etched words of injured victims and those of other Columbine students, teachers and staff as well as community members.
The inner Ring of Remembrance has 13 stations, one for each of those killed, with engraved messages written by their families.
A look at the inner Ring of Remembrance
Daniel's station on the inner Ring of Healing, with outer Ring in background
Daniel's mom, Linda, is the one who developed the words engraved on Daniel's station. The words read:
It’s not easy to sum up the life of a son and brother. To his parents he was a first-born gift with spiritual dimensions that caused us to seek a deeper life. To his sister Christine, he was a fun companion but also one who was willing to share his wisdom and knowledge. To his sister Madeline he will be the brother who was never known, but whose presence will always be felt. To others, he will be an inspiration for how he tackled his own weaknesses and often overcame them in surprising ways.
We remember Daniel as a boy with a gentle spirit and a shy grin. Often charming and sometimes intense, he was just coming into his own. He still saw the world through largely innocent eyes. He was an inquisitive and sometimes typically maddening adolescent who would challenge you to examine your assumptions about most everything.
In the most profound sense, however, Daniel was one who, despite difficulties, knew the ineffable sweetness of life and it was part of him. It was our great blessing to have had him as a member of our family.
The waterfalls on the Outer Ring
An overlook above the Memorial, where one can view both the mountains and the Memorial.
More photos of the Memorial can be found on this site here.
To donate or learn more about the memorial, please visit the website at http://www.columbinememorial.org/default.asp