- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 22, 2004


A nonprofit group that raises money for Montgomery County’s parks will direct fund raising for a memorial to the 10 sniper victims killed in Maryland, Virginia and the District.

The Montgomery Parks Foundation has a $50,000 fund-raising goal for the memorial, said foundation President Edward Hanson.

“We have stepped forward and welcome the assistance of the Victims’ Rights Foundation in raising the funds necessary to make this memorial a reality for the victims’ families and the citizens of Montgomery County,” Mr. Hanson said.

Stones surrounding a scenic overlook in Wheaton Regional Park will be engraved and the site renamed “Reflection Terrace,” said Greg Wims, president and founder of the Victims’ Rights Foundation.

It will be unveiled in October, Mr. Wims said.

“We have been working with the victims’ families for the last two years and believe it is appropriate that we help the foundation,” he said.

Each of the 10 victims’ names will be engraved on one stone, and a second will bear an explanation for the memorial. A third stone overlooking the lake will be engraved with an invitation to “Linger here and reflect on those lost to violence, hope for a gentler world, seek a reverence for life among all people.”

Tax-deductible contributions to the Reflection Terrace may be made through the Montgomery Parks Foundation in Bethesda, officials said.

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