The Columbine Memorial is a standing testament of community sacrifice, collective compassion, and overwhelming nationwide support. Family members and visionary leaders sought significance in a permanent place of healing and reprieve to commemorate those who died, those who lost loved ones, and those who were injured in this unbelievable tragedy. The outcome of an extremely difficult and complicated process is a simple space to instill hope and courage. Those who reflect in the embrace of the hills surrounding the memorial fall under the symbolic protection of the distant Colorado Rocky Mountains. In nature is healing and in the symbology of a circular form is the continuum of life itself. People who venture to experience this place are surrounded by poetry in its greatest sense, the poetry of a community unified towards the ultimate purpose: to remember and to heal.