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Annual Honor Program 2015

2015 Honor Program

On Thursday evening, September 17, 2015, twenty-four new names of homicide victims were added to Boston’s Garden of Peace Memorial. 

The Garden of Peace is a unique memorial located in the heart of Boston. It was dedicated in 2004 as a permanent and living testament to the need for eliminating violence.

There are now approximately 900 names listed in the Garden of Peace. 

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey served as Master of Ceremonies.

Keynote speaker was Nancy Carlsson-Paige, Ed.D, Professor Emerita at Lesley University. Nancy is the author of five books and numerous op-ed on media and technology, conflict resolution, peaceable classrooms, and education reform.

Wil Darcangelo and the Tribe performed the original song, “Rough Stones Smooth,” which was composed in 2013 in honor of the Garden of Peace.

The program featured two survivor speakers, Mary Dunne, mother of Lauren Dunne Astley, and Yoko Kato, board member and mother of Sherry Morton and grandmother of Cedric Morton.

The Garden of Peace Honor Program is an emotional release for many attending families. Often, they gather in the Garden’s dry riverbed before the ceremony and remember their loved ones with flowers, candles, and pictures.

The Honor Program concludes each year with the reading of the names of each of the homicide victims who are being added to the Garden, followed by a Potluck Supper Reception.

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