Saturday, September 15, 2012

Weeping Wall Memorial



The Weeping Wall Memorial, created by beloved Sierra Madre resident Lew Watanabe, is located in Memorial Park. (Clicking on the link will take you to a photo of the cannon in the park.  In the background, there is a man sitting on one of the memorial's benches.)  The accompanying plaque reads as follows:

Weeping Wall Memorial
Artist: Lew Watanabe
 
Dedicated to all the armed
forces veterans of Sierra Madre...
Who served our country in peace
and war... who helped to preserve
peace and freedom for our city,
country and the world.
The wall weeps... not with sorrow,
but with pride.
God bless them all.
April 1999


Here are some photos of the Weeping Wall's dedication ceremony, from the SierraMadreNews.net website.

The Wall's gifted designer, long-time Sierra Madre resident Lew Watanabe, is a Landscape Artist and sculptor.  Lew was named Citizen of the Year in 1996, and was the Grand Marshall of the Fourth of July Parade in 2010. 

Lew certainly hasn't confined his talents to just one location in town.  Here is a link to a nice article from the Sierra Madre Weekly, that was written about Lew and his many and varied contributions to the city, when he was named Grand Marshall.  I had no idea that Lew had done all these things - what an amazing man.

For a little more detailed info on one of Lew's generous community projects, here is a Sierra Madre Weekly article about his role in the restoring and repairing of the abandoned Japanese Garden (now "Goodwill Garden"), originally created in 1931 at Sierra Madre Elementary School. 





10 comments:

  1. Wow! I used to know Lew. He was a "friend" of the Canyon House and quite a character. I remember him "laying hands" on my car once when it wouldn't start--and it started!

    PS "Photos" link no good! (it's just text)

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    1. So cool that you knew Lew way back when! Was it the green station wagon? If so, he was an Auto Genius!

      Thanks for the link tip. I fixed it, and also found another great article about him. Check it out.

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  2. This photograph is really worth clicking on for the enlargement. It is an amazing memorial. (This has been quite a week for you, Adele. You have handled the sensitivity of all the subjects you have covered beautifully.)

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    1. Hi LOL, I really love this memorial. I feel lucky to have met the artist - that really makes it all the more amazing to me. (And thank you!)

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  3. What a simple and poignant memorial!

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    1. Isn't it, though. The sound of the water is very peaceful.

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  4. It hopefully will become a corner stone of peace.

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  5. It is simple and touching. I also enjoying seeing that article about him, to hear him speak so lovingly of Sierra Madre...just wonderful.

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    1. Isn't that great? He's really the nicest man you'll ever meet - and fun, too!

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