7/20 Memorial Foundation Reflection Memorial Garden

Please Help Our Garden Grow!

The 7/20 memorial foundation is composed of family of victims, survivors, and others directly impacted by the tragedy of July 20th, 2012. We are raising money to build a memorial that will allow all to remember, reflect and renew. It has been a long road to recovery and healing, and the journey countinues.

We could not have survived the this far without the outpouring of love, kindness and generosity that were sent after that tragic night that took the lives of Jonathon Blunk, age 26; Alexander “AJ” Boik, age 18; Jesse Childress, age 29; Gordon Cowden, age 51; Jessica Ghawi, age 24; John Larimer, age 27; Matt McQuinn, age 27; Micayla Medek, age 23; Veronica Moser-Sullivan, age 6 and her unborn sibling; Alex Sullivan, age 27; Alexander Teves, age 24; and Rebecca Wingo, age 32.

Thoughts and prayers were shared with our families, community and the heroes and survivors of that tragic night from people around the nation and the world.

It was a rough 3 years waiting for the trial to begin, but once it did, we again recieved emotional support from everywhere. “Love To Aurora” launched a facebook and twitter campaign in a show of support. Even with the support, it was difficult to focus on planning and raising money for the memorial. But now the trial is behind us and we can move forward and focus on something positive, a memorial that will honor not only loved ones lost, but also the strength of the survivors, heroes, the community and everyone who was impacted by the tragedy.

The memorial will be a part of the Reflection Garden, a planned expansion of the Aurora Xeriscape Garden. The City of Aurora is generously donating the land, paths, garden and maintenance of this space that will hold the memorial, while the memorial foundation and committee are focused on adding special features such as artwork, benches, etc. that will enhance the space and create places for individuals to take in the beautiful and serene area. 100% of the funds raised for the foundation will go toward the memorial itself. We have heard from different organizations that have estimated the cost of a project like this can range from $100,000 to $200,000.

Looking For Ways To Help?

The vision of the 7/20 memorial garden is for it to be an inclusive peaceful space that will touch all who were affected by the tragedy, and the entire Community. If you are a family member or survivor and are interested in participating in the ongoing discussion concerning the permanent memorial feel free to reach out to us using the Contact form on this website. Please know that you are always welcome to be involved as little, or as much, as you are comfortable with.

7/20 Memorial Artist Announcement

On August 26th, 2017 at our annual “Reflection Garden on Tap: 5k and Beerfest”, we were thrilled to introduce Douwe Blumberg , the artist chosen to create the 7/20 memorial. It was heartwarming to experience the expressions, hugs and tears of the crowd as they listened to his thought process in creating the piece. Douwe’s interview on NPR’s affiliate Colorado Matters sums up his passion, compassion and vision to grace the beautiful Reflection Garden with 83 magnificent cranes.

We were honored to meet all of the finalists who were chosen to create a proposal for the art piece . Each one of them created beautiful and meaningful proposals. Thank you for sharing your hearts with us.

 

Are You Willing to Donate?

Right now the garden is a blank slate and we look forward to begin creating something that will speak to everyone whose lives continue to be affected in some way by the tragedy. Please consider contributing to the peace and healing that will be felt by all who visit the 7/20 memorial garden. Your generosity and support is truly appreciated.

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