A memorial sculpture park was created after 9/11 by Mario Chiodo to remind us of the words and vision of peace shared by 25 great healers, leaders, writers, artists, activists from around the world. The Henry J. Kaiser Memorial Park is a sculpture park in Oakland, California includes four large works that combine words and images of the 25 leaders with 14 additional local activists including Henry J. Kaiser, founder of Kaiser Institute and Kaiser Permanente, and a fireman is included to represent the workers and others who lost their lives on 9/11/2001. The 25 heroes are also portrayed individually with one of their quotes in two rows of smaller brass sculptures and plaques.
Remember Them – by Mario Chiodo
Remember them when you walk with freedom.
Remember them when you think of liberty.
Remember them when your children get on the school bus.
Remember them while you sleep without fear.
Remember them when you are hungry or lonely.
Remember them when you thirst for knowledge.
Remember them when you cannot see the light or hear the birds sing.
Remember them when you are lost and need hope.
Remember them when others say “You cannot . . .”
Remember them when you know you can.
Remember them when it is difficult to see the good.
Remember them when those less fortunate come your way.
Remember them when someone is unkind.
Remember them – forgive and be compassionate.
Remember them when you see injustices.
Remember them and know your voice can be heard.
Remember them and stand up for what is right.
Remember them and know that we are all equal.
Remember them and know that our children become what they see.
Remember them and know that your actions determine history.
Remember them and know that obstacles are opportunities.
Remember them and know the greatest success often comes from failure.
Remember them and know you have so much to give.
Remember them and walk the path of peace.
Remember them and never give up.
Remember them and reach for the stars.
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August 28, 1963 – ‘We have come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now’
“This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with a new meaning, “My country, ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.“
“And if America is to be a great nation this must become true.“
So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!
Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado!
Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California!
But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia!
Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee!
Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.
And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!“
-An excerpt from Martin Luther King, Jr’s I Have a Dream speech was included in a commemorative article in The Guardian Aug 28, 2008, which was published on the 45th anniversary of the speech.
-The line “Let freedom ring” is from the song “My Country, Tis of Thee,” also known as “America,” which was written by Samuel Francis Smith, Wikipedia.
-The lyrics to the “old Negro spiritual” referred to in the speech are thought to be from a song called “Free at Last” according to a reeply on a public Q/A forum. The lyrics are included along with the full text of Martin Luther King Jr’s speech on the forum.quoteland.com webpage.
“Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”
Such a beautiful reminder to value each other and our freedom on this Independence Day, two hundred and forty one years since the first fourth of July celebration.
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