Clarksville, TN – Pillars of Hope, a public art sculpture created by more than 300 Clarksvillians, will be dedicated in Veterans Plaza on Pageant Lane on Sunday, September 11th, 2022 at 2:00pm.
This community-created memorial honoring victims, survivors, and volunteers who responded to the September 11th, 2001, attacks on our nation has been 21 years in the making.
Arts for Hearts co-founder, Rita Arancibia, envisioned its creation shortly after the 9/11 attacks as a way for community members to express their grief and support for those who lost loved ones that day.
“We hope that visitors will find comfort and hope in each commemorative tile that is placed on the pillars. Each one represents a citizen paying tribute to those who serve.”
Arts for Hearts is a group of volunteer artists offering the healing power of the arts to those who face physical, cognitive, psychological or economic barriers in a series of free workshops scheduled throughout each month. It operates under the umbrella of the Clarksville Arts and Heritage Council. Arts and Heritage funded the creation and installation of the Pillars.
Others contributing to this monument, created by sculptor, Dr. James Diehr, were Volunteer Clarksville, Hands on Nashville, F&M Bank, and Austin Peay State University ceramics students under the direction of Professor Ken Shipley.
Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts, Montgomery County Mayor Wes Golden, and Clarksville Mayor Pro Tem Wanda Smith will say a few words in remembrance of 9/11 victims, and Cumberland Winds will furnish special music for the dedication ceremony.
The ceremony should last about 30 minutes. Those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.