Lately you’ve probably noticed I’ve posted a series of sunset shots from the Fairmont Ridge. As glorious as this place is with its sweeping vistas and beautiful hills, there is something quite emotionally stirring at the top of the ridge called the “Children’s Memorial Grove”. Each year, Alameda County and the East Bay Regional Park District hold a ceremony at which they read the names of the children who have died from violence in the previous year, and plant an oak tree in memory of each.
It’s a very surreal feeling to stand atop the ridge overlooking such beautiful scenery and to see this memorial with all the names of children who never even got a chance in life. I cannot imagine the grief of the children’s parents and realizing that our society has so much violence in it that we could take young, innocent lives is heart-wrenching.
The image below shows one of my camera club members sitting at the memorial overlooking the San Francisco Bay.