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The Maine Murder Victims’ Memorial Monument to be dedicated on June 29

Posted June 19, 2014, at 10 p.m.

Sunday, June 29, 2014 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Location: Maine Murder Victims' Memorial Monument-Holy Family Cemetery, Townsend Road, Augusta, Maine

For more information: 207-277-3518

The Maine Murder Victims’ Memorial Monument will be dedicated and unveiled at a ceremony which will be held Sunday, June 29, on the site located on property of the Holy Family Cemetery, Townsend Road, Augusta.

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The Victims’ Memorial Monument is designed to respectfully honor the memories of those who have died at the hands of another. This monument has been designed as an instrument of awareness to the realities of violence in our own society. Incorporating educational and inspirational elements, it will be a place where anyone can contemplate their own personal role in seeking to end the senseless murder of our sons, daughters, relatives, friends, neighbors and co-workers.

The National Organization, Parents of Murdered Children, utilizes a red and black ribbon as symbolic of the loss of a loved one by homicide. The memorial incorporates two polished black granite tablets on each side of a polished red granite block, emblematic of the ribbons. The pointed tips of the tablets point towards the heavens, symbolizing hope and reunification. The non-gendered parent and child epitomize the love of family, and the granite for this inscribed logo will be unpolished so that in the rain, “tears” will streak down this element of the monument.

The monument is a two sided design, with the inscribed names of many currently known Maine connected victims of murder. Each year, more victims’ names will be added, which will be unveiled at an annual memorial ceremony. Granite benches will surround the monument to allow the quiet reflection and contemplation coupled with honor for the innocent victims of violence.

The memorial monument has become reality through the gifts of families affected by the murders of their loved ones, and the generosity of compassionate friends of the Maine Chapter, Parents of Murdered Children, according to chapter leader, Arthur Jette.

The ceremony is open to the public, and following the unveiling, a reception will be held at the Club Calumet, River Road, Augusta. For information call 277-3518.

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