Columbine Remembers 10 Years Later

By Marshall Zelingerm.zelinger@krdo.comFollow me on Twitter at

LITTLETON - When you walk into the Columbine Memorial, the first quote you see etched in stone symbolizes the entire 10th anniversary remembrance ceremony.

"When I walk through the halls of Columbine High School, the tragedy is not what I think of," said Columbine High School Student Body President Beau Loendorf.  "What happened here is something we will never forget, but now that 10 years have passed, Columbine has become a place that is recognized for its healing and acceptance, and not just the rest."

Every April 20th, you now remember the victims and survivors of Columbine.  Instead of just remembering the deaths of 12 students and one teacher, the 10-year Columbine Memorial Event asked something else of you.

The service was entitled "A Time to Remember, A Time to Hope."  More than 1,000 came to Clement Park, next to Columbine High School, to comfort each other in the memories that the 13 who died, lived in the first place.

"It wasn't a dwelling thing like let's dwell on what happened, it was a let's keep moving forward," said Columbine High School senior Alyssa Reuter.

"You have also refused to let acts of hatred define you, or unimaginable tragedy defeat you," said President Clinton on a taped address.

Fitting words, echoed by one of the shooting's survivors.

"The physical injuries are a part of me now.  They have helped me to remember that I've been blessed with a second chance at life," says Columbine survivor Val Schnurr.

This remembrance was meant to keep people moving forward.  To think positive about the people who's lives were affected April 20, 1999.

"It is my hope that someday the word Columbine will no longer be used as metaphor for a terrible tragedy or school violence, but as a symbol of courage, strength and hope," said Columbine faculty member Lee Andres.

There was a small disturbance in the back of the park.  Two people brought a sign that read, "Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold's deaths were tragic too." About a dozen people blocked the view of the sign from the rest of the crowd.  The two with the sign got into a verbal fight with those around them, but the disruption ended without incident.

At the end of the ceremony, 13 doves were released in memory of:

Cassie Bernall

Steven Curnow

Corey DePooter

Kelly Fleming

Matthew Kechter

Daniel Mauser

Daniel Rohrbough

Kyle Velasquez

Rachel Scott

Isiah Shoels

John Tomlin

Lauren Townsend

Dave Sanders

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