It is poetic justice that the Aqsa Parvez Peace Park was dedicated on the 18th (18 is chai or "life" in Hebrew) of September, erev Rosh Hashanah. Wild. I am sure the city organizers had no clue, but for me it is .....providential.
It is just beautiful ..............
Aqsa ...........remembered and free. The journey to this moment is here.
Photo hat tips: Scott Macleod and Norm Traversy
Firechief Scott Macleod made these remarks. G-d bless the good people of Pelham.
Aqsa Parvez Memorial
I would like to thank the people here today on behalf of Pelham, who are assisting us in the dedication of this memorial bench.
We believe that this memorial and the ideology behind it, is a demonstration of values which we as a town and country hold dear.
Personally I am extremely proud that this event is taking place in Pelham Ontario. We consider ourselves to be the town in the heart of Niagara, with a big heart.
I could dwell on the events which caused us to create this memorial; however I believe it is more fitting to celebrate the Life of Aqsa, rather than her death.
There have been true hero’s in this story who have shaped the efforts to make this possible.
The first are Pamela Geller & Robert Spencer who created the fund which made this possible, Norman & Sandra Traversy who worked so hard in Mississauga.
My personal Hero’s are the members of the Town Council in Pelham who approved this memorial without hesitation.
I would also like to thank the numerous people who came forward with assistance & donations to make this event possible.
I will finish my statement with a paraphrase of a poem which I believe fits this all our friends and Aqsa.
THEY SHALL WALK BEYOND THE CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN
THEY SHALL BE LIFTED ON THE SHOULDERS OF ANGELS
THEIR STORIES WILL BE TOLD IN THEIR HOMELANDS
AND THEY SHALL REST IN PEACE.
RECOGNIZED BY THE TALLY OF THEIR DEEDS
GOD SHALL STAND BESIDE THEM FOR ALL ETERNITY
FOR THEY HAVE ENTERED INTO THE REALM OF HONOR
There were speeches by Chief McLeod, and the Mayor.
CBC, the Toronto Sun, the Guelph Mercury and the local papers were all invited.