The Warwick Valley Central School District is the recipient of a $500 grant from Stewart’s, which will be used to help refurbish the Peace Wall Memorial located on the grounds of Sanfordville Elementary School.
The memorial was originally conceived and created by Warwick third- and fourth-graders in 2002. It consists of a circular stone wall surrounding three stone fountains; the area is highlighted by gardens planted by volunteers. The memorial site’s stones represent strength; the circular shape of the wall symbolizes Earth and the “circle of life.” There are four openings in the wall, one for each compass point — a gesture of welcome to all corners of the world. The three fountains connote the three sites of the terrorist attacks, while the small stones over which the water bubbles represent the people affected by the 9-11 tragedy. These small stones were placed in the fountains during a community dedication ceremony.
After 15 years, the memorial is beginning to age. Some masonry is weathered and the fountains no longer function due to harsh winters. The community, including student volunteers, hope to begin the revitalization by replacing the fountain pumps with help from Stewart’s.
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To learn more about the Peace Wall Memorial, visit http://www.peacewallmemorial.org/