2015 Annual Honor Program
Thursday, September 17, 2015
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.
We were honored to have Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey as Master of Ceremonies.
Our 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 once again performed the original song, “Rough Stones Smooth,” which was composed in 2013 in honor of the Garden of Peace.
Two survivor speakers shared their journey with us, exhibiting incredible strength and hope, 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.
Another beautiful tribute to those we honor.
Thank you to all who made this night possible, as we remember those that we lost to violence.