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Heroes area a new addition to Gardens

Joanne Winer

December 13th, 2005

One of the newest areas in Celia’s Rainbow Gardens is what we have called the Heroes area, located just south of the Rock and Gem pavilion. In this area, there will be a large rock garden in the center, and around the rock garden will be a large patio area.

The patio will be surrounded by benches and several kiosks honoring the men and women who risk their lives for us. Along with the kiosks and benches, some new additions will be added.

Several months ago, I received a call from a lady who met us when she visited the bookstore and heard about the Gardens. She called me and asked if we would have room in the Gardens somewhere for a Peace Pole.

I had never heard of such a thing and I recently met with her at her home in Wickenburg to see what she was talking about. What she showed me was a beautiful hand-carved pole done by a friend of hers that held the words May peace prevail on earth” in many languages.

Apparently, these poles are seen all over the world, in dozens of countries. They are mostly made of square blocks of wood that have a pointed top and they hold up to 16 plaques in different languages.

This one is unique because it is hand-carved, and it is really beautiful. She told me that you can get many more languages if you want to make more poles and this is what we have decided.

We are now looking to find some men or women who like to carve wood to help make more of these poles that we can add to this one to make a display of poles to be included in this area.

We will supply the poles, and we are hoping that some imaginative woodcarvers will add their own special touches to them. There will be space on the poles for many more language plaques this way and we are hoping to have several more done to be added to this area. If you are interested in carving and would like to work on this project, please contact Joanne or Paul at 927-6551.