Since its completion and dedication in September 2007, the Columbine Memorial has served as a place for the public to reflect on the events of April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School and to honor the victims who lost their lives in the school shootings.
The overall design of the monument on Rebel Hill in Clement Park, with a panoramic view of the Front Range and snowcapped peaks, has stood the test of time. But the grout in the engraved lettering on granite tablets has deteriorated.
That’s why since Oct. 1 artisans from Great Panes Glassworks of Denver have been working inside a large, white, room-size tent under controlled temperature conditions. The tent is positioned above the Ring of Remembrance, the heart of the memorial, where there are 13 engraved tablets with individual narratives by friends and family about the 13 victims.
The recessed letters were originally filled with grout, which is flaking out, said Alan Cram, president of the Columbine Memorial Foundation, a nonprofit organization that monitors the memorial and raises money to pay for its upkeep.
The old grout is being sandblasted out and replaced with new grout that is gray in color. “It really stands out and is much easier to read,” Cram said.
The work needs to be done at a temperature of 60 to 70 degrees and at a certain humidity level. A cold snap and snowfall two weeks ago set the process back a week, but the project should be finished by this week, Cram said.
The work is expected to cost about $20,000 and is being paid for by donations.
Information about the memorial may be found at www.columbinememorial.org.
Donations may be sent to: Columbine Memorial Foundation Inc., P.O. Box 62136, Littleton, CO 80162-1636.
About the Columbine Memorial
Ring of Remembrance
“Each of the victim’s families was asked to provide a unique and personal reflection in text that would honor their loved one. These remembrances were engraved in stone and stand as a tribute to the victims at Columbine High School. At the center of the Ring of Remembrance lies the “Never Forgotten” ribbon designed by Kyle Velasquez’s parents, Al and Phyllis.
Wall of Healing
“The Wall of Healing was designed to honor all those who were injured, the first responders and all who were touched by the events of April 20, 1999. The shootings at Columbine High School affected the nation and the world in many ways.
“… The Wall of Healing is in place to recognize those who were injured and provide an opportunity for the public to remember and reflect on their own personal experience. Many of the injured victims or their families specifically requested their names not be listed in the memorial, and that request has been honored by the design committee. The wall consists of many engraved stones with quotes from students, parents, first responders and notable statements that were made at the groundbreaking of the Columbine Memorial.”