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Wall of Hope supports soldiers and families of Ft. Campbell

April 9, 2003

Beginning Saturday, April 12, the Arts & Heritage Development Council will invite the public to take part in building a "Wall of Hope." The goal: transform a fence on Public Square, in the heart of Downtown Clarksville, into a solid wall of yellow ribbon.

"The project will symbolize Clarksville's united support for the men and women who have been deployed from Ft. Campbell and their families," says Hallie Bender, director of the Arts & Heritage Development Council. "It also provides an opportunity to acknowledge the impact of current events on this community." April 9, 2003

Beginning Saturday, April 12, the Arts & Heritage Development Council will invite the public to take part in building a "Wall of Hope." The goal: transform a fence on Public Square, in the heart of Downtown Clarksville, into a solid wall of yellow ribbon.

"The project will symbolize Clarksville's united support for the men and women who have been deployed from Ft. Campbell and their families," says Hallie Bender, director of the Arts & Heritage Development Council. "It also provides an opportunity to acknowledge the impact of current events on this community."

Mayor Don Trotter will kick off the all-day project by tying the first ribbon Saturday, April 12 at 10 a.m. Ribbons will be provided at no charge for anyone who would like to show their support for family, friends and neighbors who are serving our country.

"The Wall of Hope project has been developed to provide a brief distraction from the war in Iraq and a way for the community to create something positive during a difficult time," Bender said. "Though not everyone in Clarksville has a personal connection to Ft. Campbell, we all feel the absence of those who have been deployed. The Wall of Hope offers an opportunity for everyone to be involved and express that they are affected."

People will be encouraged to write the name of a soldier or any message of support they wish on their ribbons, which will add to the personal meaning and relevance of the project, Bender said. In the interest of preserving a record of this time in the community's history, the project's design allows it to be removed intact so it can be displayed in the future.

The Wall of Hope will be located at the south end of Public Square, near City Hall and the intersection of First and Franklin streets. After April 12, and until the fence is completely covered, free ribbons will be available at various downtown businesses during normal operating hours. (A list of participating businesses will be displayed at the project site.)

The Wall of Hope kickoff will be held in conjunction with other Downtown events: Pleinair '03/More Art in the Streets, an outdoor artists market on Franklin Street that includes live music and artists' demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and the Rivers & Spires Festival, a community-wide event taking place in and around Downtown Clarksville.

For more information, telephone Hallie Bender at 7268.