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Many members and visitors alike had become familiar with our Prayers for Peace memorial over the past three years. Though we have disassembled the meaningful gold, blue, and green ribbon display to begin a new memorial in our columbarium, our Prayers for Peace Team and Peachtree Road wanted to take some time to honor the inspiration and motivation behind this beautiful display – Susan G. Marshall and Harry C. Marshall.
Years ago, Susan Marshall was inspired and touched by the Prayers for Peace ribbon display of Marble Collegiate Church in Manhattan, NYC. Like so many who visited the display, Susan felt it was a truly meaningful way to honor those men and women who had given their lives in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and to pray for peace. As she returned to Peachtree Road, she felt confident we could create and maintain a similar memorial and set about doing just that with our “dream team” volunteers of Amy Peil, Dick Dietz, John Minor, Ann Upshaw, and many of you who generously contributed your time. Months later, the Prayers for Peace memorial was dedicated in a stirring ceremony during our Celebration of Freedom services. While Susan was the driving force and motivation behind bringing this touching memorial to Peachtree Road, the memory of Harry Marshall served as a source of inspiration and support as we moved forward with its creation.
Now, as the Prayers for Peace display comes to a close, we thank and honor Susan Marshall and the memory of Harry Marshall with a newly dedicated plaque, located under the white dogwood tree planted at the corner of the front lawn near the rose window. We invite you to visit this symbol of our appreciation and join us in continuing to pray for peace around the world and in our hearts.