Who We Are
We are a non-profit community organization with a Board of Directors and Advisory Group made up of individuals who come from diverse groups and experiences, but share a common interest of sustaining the memorial:
Our Mission is to preserve and enhance the site and significance of the Lafayette Hillside Memorial.
Our Vision is an impactful, and inclusive memorial that recognizes,and honors national service contributions and encourages individual and public reflection on the unintended, unseen and unexamined costs of war.
What We Do
We maintain the Crosses of Lafayette and have for over 12 years kept the site clean, safe, and compliant with local fire codes.
We update the number on the sign, we repair the crosses as required and facilitate the personalization of crosses as needed.
We perpetuate our mission through events, building relationships throughout the community, and by caring for the Memorial and the people it serves.
We facilitate workshops, respond to inquiries by the media and those that want to know more or get involved.
We build partnerships with veterans advocacy groups, local Boy and Girl Scout troops, church youth groups, local artists and documentarians, philanthropists, state and federal politicians, teachers, religious leaders and the news media.
The Lafayette Hillside Memorial is dedicated to the memory of Louise and Johnson Clark.
“ ...This Hill before which we now stand
glows day and night with quiet pride
and throbs with slowly pulsing sorrow.
Green trees frame a shining sheet of white
That in its purity shocks the viewer to reality.
Golden grass forms a bed on which to sleep,
never to awake, never to breathe again, never
to love again but forever to be loved, forever
to be held, to be caressed by those who keep
memories alive from dawn to darkest night
implying what is wrong by testament to right ..."
© Fred Norman, Poet Laureate, Peace Activist and U.S. Veteran