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Garden Of Hope (Serenity Garden)

National Wear Orange Gun Violence Awareness Day: June 3-5 Is National Gun Violence Awareness Weekend. Why Orange? Orange is the color that Hadiya Pendleton's friends wore in her honor when she was shot and killed in Chicago at the age of 15 just one week after performing at President Obama's inaugural parade in 2013. After her death they asked us to wear her favorite color orange to bring awareness, Since then orange has been the defining color of gun violence prevention. Serenity Garden "Garden of Hope" for National Gun Violence Awareness Day we wanted to do something to remember the lives lost to gun violence in our community but also across our country as well as something to give back to the community so we decided to remember those lives by planting new life. This serenity garden will be a beautiful peaceful place anyone can come after a long hard day at work to be one with nature, a mom can sit and read a book while waiting for a little one to finish soccer practice, a bereaved mom can come and sit in quietness, anyone can come and enjoy and just sit. The Garden is a vision of hope that one day we can see a community, a world without violence. The garden is a place where a conversation can start about valuing life and one another.

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