The process must be thoughtful and hopefully the committee can reach a consensus that creates a memorial that is beautiful and powerful, Whaley said.
The memorial hopefully will assure that the community never forgets the people lost in the Aug. 4 massacre as well as the terribly tragic event that happened in the Oregon District, Whaley said.
Multiple people have offered some of their land in the area for a memorial, and there has been some interest to create sidewalk inlays, said Natalie Skilliter, owner of Corner Kitchen and treasurer of the Oregon District Business Association.
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“I think there are lots of options and lots of generous folks coming out and offering options for where it would go,” she said. “But we haven’t even begun to narrow that down in any way.”
Sidewalk inlays are like murals in the sidewalk that can be made of stones, mosaics, bricks and other decorative materials.
The top priority is to make sure the victims are remembered appropriately and meaningfully and victims’ families get to provide input, Skilliter said.
“We want to take our time to be very deliberate about what this looks like and where it is,” she said.
The temporary memorial has meant a lot to victims’ loved ones, survivors, Oregon District workers and residents and other community members who have visited the district to pay their respects, she said.
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“I don’t think that’s going to go away anytime soon,” she said. “People are still mourning and they are still coming down to the memorial.”
This week, memorials featuring crosses, flowers, candles and signs that were in front of Hole in the Wall and Ned Peppers bars were consolidated.
Dead flowers have been removed from the display, which has been moved to the front of Ned Peppers.