8th Annual Remembrance Vigil

Link to the live stream video : https://youtu.be/FZmE6PKdG4k
We would be honored to have the community join us in solidarity with other family members and survivors of 7/20/12 at our annual remembrance that continues to be a source of healing. Comments and remembrances are encouraged to be shared in this event posting. Some comments will be read live during the vigil.
Everyone is welcome to attend and memorialize in whatever form is best for them but virtual attendance is encouraged. Also, we ask that memorial visits be spread out through July 19-July 21.
The 7/20 Memorial Foundation’s 5th Annual “Reflection Garden on Tap: Beer Fest and Chalk Art” fundraiser has been indefinitely postponed — due to Covid-19. Although there will be no beer, and no festival… with our BIG thanks to Visit Aurora and their supporting donation, we are still able to have chalk art!
Plans in the works for the weekend are:
~15 artists have been commissioned to complete chalk art designs on July 18/19.
~Unveiling of a paper crane peace box (much like a lending library and giving tree in one) which was created and donated by a Columbine survivor.
~Memorial remembrance vigil late night on July 19, which will be presented virtually, with the option to attend in-person while practicing safe social distancing, masks will be required.*
Where: Aurora Water Wise Garden (15151 E. Alameda Pkwy, Aurora, CO 80012 – NW corner of Alameda & Chambers).
Chalk Art: artists will be creating tributes to the victims and survivors on the sidewalks surrounding the memorial. Visitors are welcome in the garden while they create, while practicing safe social distancing*. Artists will be chalking during these times:
Saturday, July 18 from 4:00pm-8:00pm
Sunday, July 19 from 7:00am-11:30am
The drawings will be on display till the rain washes them away.
Annual Vigil: begins Sunday, July 19 at 11:59pm
The annual vigil tradition has been a gift of love, light and remembrance over the past 7 years, and though this 8th year has its unique challenges, it will carry on. If you feel comfortable attending in person*, we safely welcome you to experience at your own pace: Candles will not be provided, you may use your cell phone flashlight for the remembrance at the centerpiece of “Ascentiate”; the visiting of the stones, which will each have their corresponding white cross near them; and the procession of heroes. You can also choose to stay in your car in the parking lot that faces the garden (near the corner of Alameda and Chambers), giving you a front row seat to the Heroes Procession; or watch the live stream from the safety of your home.
Virtual Event Details: please check back on the foundation’s facebook page, this event posting, and website for a link to the live stream.
*Social distancing and masks will be required (following the City of Aurora/Tri-County Health’s guidelines). People may gather in groups of 10 with 6 feet of distance between groups.

This year’s Chalk Artists are: Brad Stratton; Brittany Pirtle; Kyle Banister; Cheyanne Greer; Paige Hickman; Diane Larson & Joe Punicki; Ki’erre Dawkins #key_air; Megan Lombard; Tina, Jason, and J Martinez; Satya Wimbush Trash As Art & Vanessa Frazier; Randy Segura Arthotspot Studios; Madison Kukucka; Cal Duran & Jessica Gross; Tom Isaacson; and Amy Cheslin.

Schedule

Saturday, July 18, 2020
4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Artists will be chalking
Sunday, July 19, 2020
7:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Artists will be chalking
12:00 PM
Chalk drawings will be on display till the rain washes them away.
12:00 PM – 8:00 PM (Jul 21)
Paper crane peace box unveiling
12:00 PM – 8:00 PM (Jul 21)
Memorial visits (onsite) – we ask that visits be spread out through July 19-July 21
11:30 PM – 1:00 AM (overnight)
Annual Vigil – livestream starts at 11:59pm of the on-site gathering