After two long years of raising the necessary funds, the City of Medford will officially break ground on the Krystle Campbell Peace Garden this Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 2:00 PM at 101 Riverside Avenue, in Medford.
All of the victim’s families will be in attendance, including: the Campbell Family, the Richard Family, the Collier Family and Mrs. Helen Zhao, Lingzi Lu’s Aunt, as well as, a number of the survivors, including: Jeff Bauman, Patrick & Jessica Downes, Roseann Sdoia, Karen McWatters, Paul Norden, & Jacqui Webb, to name a few.
The groundbreaking photo will be taken at 1:20 PM, with the ceremony beginning at 2 PM. Mayor Michael J. McGlynn will dedicate the Peace Garden and included in the program are the Boston University Marching Band, in honor of Lingzi Lu, Jeehye Kang, Soloist from the University of Massachusetts Boston, in honor of Krystle Campbell, a dove release to “Let There Be Peace on Earth”, and the MIT Police Honor Guard will post colors, in honor of Officer Sean Collier. Patrick Downes will speak on behalf of the victims and the survivors, as well as, Bill Campbell, Krystle’s Dad.
Over thirty-five people including members of the victim’s families, survivors, police, fire and first responders, will help to unfurl the 40 ft by 90 ft Mount Rushmore American Flag, assisted by a huge crane, accompanied by “My Country Tis of Thee and God Bless America”.
Master of Ceremonies for the event will be Channel 4 Anchor Lisa Hughes. Program participants & invited guests include: Senator Edward Markey, Congresswoman Katherine Clark, Stephanie Pollack, Secretary & CEO of Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Mrs. Angelo Menino, Ambassador and Former Boston Mayor Ray Flynn, Carlos Arrendondo, MIT Police Chief John DiFava, and Watertown Police Chief Raymond DuPuis. The Boston Police Gaelic Column will lead the procession and Police Honor Guards from 12 surrounding cities and towns will be present.
October 18, 2015 Dedication Ceremony Program
Master of Ceremonies
Lisa Hughes, WBZ – Channel 4 News Anchor
Boston Police Gaelic Column
MIT Police Honor Guard, accompanied by Massachusetts State Police, Medford Police, Medford Fire, Boston Police, Cambridge Police, Arlington Police, Malden Police, Transit Police, Somerville Police, Watertown Police, Revere Fire, & the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office
Pledge of Allegiance
Mrs. Karen McWatters, Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor
The Star-Spangled Banner
Sung by Jeehye Kang, soloist, University of Massachusetts Boston, accompanied by Medford’s Alumni Band, under the direction of Mrs. Marsha Caron
“How Great Thou Art”
The Giovino Sisters – Lisa Giovino, Lynda Giovino and Leanne Giovino-Nassise
Boston University Fight Song
BU Marching Band, under the direction of Aaron Goldberg
Dedication of the Krystle Campbell Peace Garden
The Honorable Michael J. McGlynn, Mayor, City of Medford
Boston Commandery March
Medford’s Alumni Band
Roseann Sdoia, Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor
The Honorable Katherine Clark, United States Congress, Fifth District
Friends of Krystle Campbell & “Let There Be Peace On Earth” sung by Jeehye Kang, accompanied by Medford’s Alumni Band
Ms. Stephanie Pollack, Secretary & CEO, Massachusetts Department of Transportation
The Warrior’s Code
BU Marching Band
Mr. Patrick Downes, Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor &
Mr. William Campbell, Father of Krystle Campbell
“We Shall Rise Again”
The Giovino Sisters
Deacon Mark Rumley, Immaculate Conception Church, Medford
Boston Marathon Survivors & Victim’s Family Members – accompanied by “My Country Tis of Thee” & “God Bless America”
“Stars and Stripes Forever”
Medford’s Alumni Band
Flights of White – Frank Estabrook
Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation Commissioner Carol I. Sanchez & Michael Tognarelli
Massachusetts Department of Transportation Secretary & CEO Stephanie Pollack & Highway Administrator Thomas Tinlin
Medford High School Fine Arts Department
Medford Office of Community Development- Lauren DiLorenzo, Director & Clodagh Stoker Long, Economic Development Planner
Peterson Party Center, Inc.
Marc Valentine, National Flag Exhibit
Immediately following the ceremony, a luncheon will be provided by Kelly’s Roast Beef along with entertainment by Overdrive band
About the Peace Garden:
A pathway leading to the garden will be sprinkled with bronze plaques identifying many of the mile markers along the Marathon route from Hopkinton to Heartbreak Hill, to Cleveland Circle and other points that lead to the finish line, which is the Peace Garden. The Peace Garden will consist of a central seating area focused on four fountains, representing the four victims, surrounding a taller, fifth fountain which represents the world and honors all who were injured in the Bombings. Plaques representing the lives of Krystle, Sean, Martin and Lingzi will be laid out as the four points on a compass. The park will include additional seating, plantings, Krystle’s favorite flower, the Sunflower, lighting, fencing, a flag pole, walkways and pedestrian and bicycle connections to the Clippership Park. The theme of the park will be to inspire humanity, diversity and inclusion.
The estimated project cost for the project is approximately $1 million dollars. State and federal grants and pledged in-kind donations are expected to cover the cost.