the Circle of Peace / Peace Wall Memorial
The Circle of Peace / Peace Wall Memorial, was created in honor of those
who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
The idea for the memorial grew out of our children's need to express
their hopes and vision for a better world and a more peaceful future.
We decided that the memorial should be made out of stones because they
represent eternity, strength, and planet Earth. The wall is circular,
like the planet, and the circle of life. It has four openings, one for
each compass point, a gesture of welcome to all four corners of the
earth. In the center are three shallow pools containing small stones,
which represent the victims. The form of the wall is inspired by a symbol
created by peacemaker Nichols Roerich in New York in 1929. Essentially,
his symbol represents past, present and future enclosed in the circle
of eternity, or science, art and religion held together in the ring
The Circle of Peace memorial is our tribute to all those whose lives
ended on that tragic September morning, and our symbol of hope and remembrance
for all of us who share in contemplating it, now and in the future.