Students gather to construct a Wall of Remembrance

Noor Ashouri

More than 20 students gathered on the Osprey Lawn Tuesday to construct a wall to encourage students to voice their opinions about peace.

Students can contribute to the wall, which will be dedicated to peacemakers around the world, from Sept. 5 through Sept. 14 by providing a visual representation of what peace means to them on 5-inch blocks.

The wall’s erection is a part of several peace events taking place in September, with the help of a group of UNF students from the civil engineering program, the Intercultural Center for PEACE, the InterFaith Center, and the Society of Women Engineers.

Margarita Hernandez, the project’s leader and a UNF civil engineering senior, said although peace may seem like an obvious value, the true conception of peace can never be known until someone asks about them.

Chelsi Mickler, a UNF advertising junior, said to her peace means accepting others. She said this wall will encourage people to stop and think.

Tarah Trueblood, the director of the UNF Interfaith Center, said this wall will serve as a form of dialogue.

Trueblood said she hopes the wall will encourage dialogue that will help the UNF community progress and embrace its differences.

This Wall of Remembrance is the kickstart of a series of events aimed toward inspiring students to echo their ideas on peace.

The events include an art contest Sept. 5 and a ceremony Sept. 11. During the ceremony, poets will read peace-inspired poetry, and the wall will be formally dedicated. The announcement of the contest winners will come Sept. 21, as part of the International Day of Peace.

The Remembrance Wall, constructed by UNF students Tuesday, honors peacemakers worldwide.
Photo by Keri Weiland

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