Board Joins Families and Survivors to Unveil Memorial Concept

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– The Board of Supervisors this morning observed the fifth anniversary of the December 2, 2015 San Bernardino terrorist attack by joining survivors of the attack and the families of those who were taken from us on that day in a private memorial ceremony at the County Government Center.

The occasion also marked the unveiling of concept renderings for a permanent memorial to the 14 people who were killed, those who survived, and the first responders who put themselves in harm’s way on that day. World-renowned landscape architect and artist Walter Hood, who was selected by the December 2 Memorial Committee to design and construct the memorial, will work closely with the families and survivors to finalize the details of the project.

Board of Supervisors Vice Chair Josie Gonzales chairs the Memorial Committee that is made up of family members of the deceased, survivors of the attack, first responders, and key County staff members.

“It took time, it took effort, and it took a great deal of understanding of how difficult it was for the Committee Members to begin the discussions of what would ultimately be the ideal way to remember those who were lost, those who were wounded and those who responded.”

Gonzales and Wood created a powerful video message to mark today’s events.

Hood is the creative director of Hood Design Studio in Oakland, Calif. and is a professor at the University of California, Berkeley. He received the 2017 Academy of Arts and Letters Architecture Award, the 2019 Knight Public Spaces Fellowship, and the 2019 MacArthur Fellowship. In April 2018, Hood gave a TED Talk on how urban spaces can preserve history and build community.

A timeline for the memorial’s construction and completion will be developed and announced as ongoing work with the families and survivors comes further into focus. The Memorial will be located at the east side of the County Government Center campus at 385 N. Arrowhead Avenue in San Bernardino.

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