Sandra Mendoza picked a forest green panel to recall the S.U.V. her husband, Juan Espinoza, a car aficionado and restorer, proudly purchased before his life was taken. Trenna Meins chose the phrase "Embrace the possibilities" to carve on a bench because her husband of 36 years, Damian Meins, was "always game for anything." Shannon Johnson, a county health inspector who died shielding a co-worker, is memorialized in an alcove bearing his searing last words: "I got you. Lord, have mercy." If design is a window on the culture, perhaps there is nothing more revealing than the Curtain of Courage Memorial unveiled last week in San Bernardino, Calif., a sculptural ribbon of patterned bronze and steel meant to enfold the Mendozas, Meinses and Johnsons, among the families who lost 14 loved ones killed in a mass shooting in 2015, in its sinuous communal embrace. "We didn't want a place of sorrow, but of light," said the landscape designer and artist Walter Hood , who thought about the solace of cathedral chapels in his first work commemorating individuals lost to gun violence, and the survivors. The opening of the Curtain comes on the unrelenting heels of recent mass shootings in Buffalo, N.Y.,… Read full this story
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