Legacy of Love Monument remains symbol of the community

Legacy of Love

Legacy of Love monument

On the day of the Orlando massacre at the LGBT nightclub Pulse, more than 1,000 people gathered at the new Resource Center for a vigil and then walked silently the 1.9 miles down Cedar Springs Road to the Legacy of Love Monument.

Since its completion in 2005, the Legacy of Love Monument has been the site of numerous protests, remembrances and celebrations.

After the Orlando massacre, it became a memorial site with flowers, notes and other artifacts left to honor the victims.

The Legacy of Love Monument was built by the Oak Lawn Committee through private donations. The organization maintains the monument and the landscaping around it. Over the years, a number of car crashes have done damage that was repaired mostly with insurance money. Graffiti that community members tried to remove ultimately had to cleaned off with an expensive power washing process.

Oak Lawn Committee president Brenda Marks issued a statement asking the community for help and setting up some guidelines for using the monument:

We are truly honored that our entire community has embraced the Legacy of Love Monument at the Oak Lawn Triangle as its own — our gathering place for memorials, tributes and celebrations.

Since designing and completing its construction in 2005, all of which was financed by private donations, the Oak Lawn Committee has worked hard to maintain it for the future, albeit with limited funds 
and many hours of volunteer commitment.  Our goal is to make sure it remains a beautiful symbol of the diversity and spirit of Oak Lawn for many years to come.

With that in mind, we respectfully ask everyone to please refrain from taping things to, and writing on, the Monument.  
If candles are placed at the Monument, please make sure they are in containers that prevent any wax from spilling onto the porous stone.  
Please do not use glass containers, as they tend to crack and splinter into many pieces and become a safety hazard.  
And please remember to pick up anything that you see that doesn’t belong there.  
Your help and understanding is truly appreciated.

Brenda Marks, President
The Oak Lawn Committee
June 20, 2016

—  David Taffet

WATCH: Prop 8 rally on Cedar Springs

About 100 people braved the sweltering heat and gathered around the Legacy of Love Monument on Wednesday evening to celebrate the Prop 8 decision.

—  John Wright

Oak Lawn Committee seeking donations to help repair Legacy of Love Monument

Oak Lawn Committee President Michael Milliken, right, and activist Jesse Garcia survey damage to the monument a few hours after the Nov. 13 wreck.
Oak Lawn Committee President Michael Milliken, right, and activist Jesse Garcia survey damage to the monument a few hours after the Nov. 13 wreck.

Donations are being sought to cover the cost of repairing the Legacy of Love Monument, which was heavily damaged last month when a motorist plowed through the structure at Cedar Springs Road and Oak Lawn Avenue.

Representatives from the Oak Lawn Committee, which built and maintains the monument, were hoping Dallas police would identify the motorist, who abandoned his vehicle and fled the scene on foot.

But that has not happened, so the committee is filing a claim with its own insurance company to cover the estimated $5,000 in damage.

“We’re going to just turn it over to our insurance company and let them fight it out and try to go after the driver of the car, who may or may not be the owner of the car,” said Michael Milliken, president of the Oak Lawn Committee.

“Unfortunately when we file a claim with our insurance company, that means we have to cover the $2,500 deductible. So we’ll be looking for donations to help us pay for the $2,500 deductible. We figure it’s going to cost us $5,000 to put it back the way it was.”

Sr. Cpl. Janice Crowther, a spokesman for the Dallas Police Department, said recently that police had contacted the owner of the vehicle that was abandoned at the monument. But Crowther said the owner told police he wasn’t driving the car at the time of the accident. Crowther said police were attempting to locate a friend whom the owner said was driving the car.

To make a tax-deductible contribution to the Oak Lawn Committee’s monument fund through the nonprofit Communities Foundation of Texas,  go here.баннерная интернет реклама

—  John Wright

UPDATE: Motorist fled scene after damaging Legacy of Love Monument

I finally tracked down a police report about the accident early Friday that damaged the Legacy of Love Monument at Oak Lawn Avenue and Cedar Springs Road. Based on the report, it appears as though the motorist who plowed through the Oak Lawn Triangle, causing extensive damage to the monument, fled the scene without leaving any information. According to a witness who called in the report at 2:28 a.m. on Friday, the motorist asked the witness to help move his vehicle off the bricks that were underneath it. The witness told the motorist that the vehicle wouldn’t move because it was “high-centered” on one of the pillars. The motorist then got back in the vehicle, identified as a dark-colored, late-model Chevy Impala or Malibu, and managed to drive off the bricks and away from the scene. The motorist told the witness that he needed to get to Las Colinas or Irving, according to the report. That’s all the information I currently have, but I’ll let you know if I hear anything more.анализ ключевых фраз поиска

—  John Wright