Six-mile Stonewalk in honor of victims of violence begins in Boston and ends at Boston College on October 24, UN Day.
In July of 1994, a contribution was made to The Peace Abbey in Sherborn, MA in honor of a local family’s friend who was murdered in Waltham; the victim’s name was Mark A. Mariani. In an expression of sorrow and grief, the contribution was used to create a universal memorial stone engraved with the words “Victims of Violence.” The stone was dedicated by Fr. Daniel Berrigan that same year on the hollowed grounds of the Abbey’s Pacifist Memorial near the statue of Mahatma Gandhi, himself a victim of violence. In 2004, the poignant and beautiful Garden of Peace was created by families of homicide victims in Boston and Mark Mariani’s name was included with hundreds of other victims
For nearly 25 years, the memorial stone honoring Victims of Violence has been the site of ongoing vigils and prayer services. Members of The Life Experience School have made it their mission to read aloud the names of those whose lives were lost following acts of violence against individuals and those tragically lost in mass shootings throughout the country.
On October 24, 2018, the memorial stone for Victims of Violence will be unearthed from its present location in Sherborn and brought to the entrance of the Garden of Peace in Boston where a short vigil will take place at 10 AM before the walk begins. Following the reading of the names of recently installed victims at the homicide memorial, the stone will be pulled by human power alone on a caisson to the September 11th Labyrinth at Boston College. The public is welcome to join the walk and/or place a small stone on the caisson as it passes by.
The 6 mile requiem journey the stone will take passes by the Holocaust Memorial near Faneuil Hall, through the Boston Garden where Quaker Pacifist, Mary Dyer was hanged, down Commonwealth Avenue and Beacon Street to Brookline past the birthplaces of President John F. Kennedy and Senator Robert F. Kennedy, both slain through gun violence, and concludes with a silent walking vigil at the BC Labyrinth. Public transportation and carpooling are encouraged. The granite stone (and stones brought to the caisson) will be returned to The Pacifist Memorial in Sherborn.
For information on the walk, contact Lewis Randa at 508.259.8508 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Peace Abbey
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