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June 17, 2022 Update

The County Update publishes once a week on Fridays and also as needed to share important news and resources. #SBCountyTogether

In Today’s Update:

• Curtain of Courage Memorial opens to the public on Monday 


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Curtain Of Courage Memorial Opens to the Public on Monday

The Curtain of Courage Memorial honoring the victims, survivors and first responders of the December 2, 2015 terrorist attack in San Bernardino opens to the public at 8 a.m. on Monday, June 20 outside the County Government Center at 385 N. Arrowhead Ave., in San Bernardino.

The public opening follows a private viewing and unveiling ceremony held Friday, June 17 for the families of those who were taken from us, our survivors, first responder agencies, and other invited guests.

The Curtain of Courage Memorial consists of 14 individual bronze-colored alcoves shaped like protective curtains along the Government Center’s east promenade. The families of the victims selected the color of glass for each alcove and personalized the phrase on each bench inside each of the alcoves.

“The Curtain of Courage Memorial and the people it represents will be a forever landmark for us to reflect and remember what happened on December 2nd 2015,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “We won’t ever forget the victims and the impact this had on our County. This memorial is a reminder that hate didn’t win and that our community held on to us to get us through the pain and tragedy.”

“The love that each of the surviving families put into the creation of this memorial make it a unique and fitting tribute to those we lost, those who were wounded and traumatized, and those who put themselves in harm’s way to protect the community,” said Board of Supervisors Vice Chair Dawn Rowe. “We are grateful to the families and everyone who made the Curtain of Courage possible.”

“We can never forget the events of Dec. 2nd,” said First District Supervisor Col. Paul Cook (Ret.). “This memorial is not only a remembrance of our County family members lost to this senseless act of violence, but also for their families and coworkers still living with the grief. With this memorial, we also remember the brave heroes who put themselves in harm’s way to apprehend the murderers, and those who tended to and comforted the wounded.”

“Memorials provide us with a place to remember, reflect and honor the lives of those lost. I hope the Curtain of Courage also provides some solace to the families of those killed on December 2nd, knowing how much their family members continue to be loved, respected and valued in the community,” said Second District Supervisor Janice Rutherford.

“On December 2nd, 2015 our County and country as a whole suffered loss at the hands of those who attempted to tear us down through hatred,” said Fifth District Supervisor Joe Baca, Jr. “It did not work, and it never will. This memorial is a reminder that San Bernardino’s foundation is strong enough to get through pain and tragedy such as this one. We will never forget the innocent lives that were taken this day and will always hold them dearly in our hearts. This memorial will keep their memory alive and serve as a reminder that San Bernardino is strong enough to grow and move forward after such detrimental loss. We are SB Strong and will always remain that way.”

During the attack, 14 people were killed and 22 were physically injured during the attack at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino where employees of San Bernardino County’s Environmental Health Services division were holding a training event.

Following the attack, the Board of Supervisors directed the formation of a Memorial Committee tasked with creating and building a memorial to those who died, those who survived, our first responders, and our county community impacted by the trauma.

Walter Hood bio

The December 2nd Memorial Committee formed in 2016 and held several meetings to establish an overall vision for the memorial based on shared values. The committee determined the memorial should recognize the broad diversity and lives of the victims as well as those who stepped up to preserve and protect life.

The memorial would also provide enduring recognition of the County employees who witnessed the attack, many of whom were physically injured and all of whom were emotionally impacted. The committee expressed that the memorial would be a place for quiet reflection and would result in a space to appropriately and eternally reflect upon the many important and unique people, stories, and lessons of December 2nd.

The Memorial Committee selected world-renowned landscape architect and artist Walter Hood to work on the creation of the Curtain of Courage Memorial with input from the families of the 14 victims.

Hood is the creative director and founder of Hood Design Studio in Oakland. He is also a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and lectures on professional and theoretical projects nationally and internationally. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Landscape Design (2009), the Academy of Arts and Letters Architecture Award (2017), a Knight Public Spaces Fellowship (2019), a MacArthur Fellowship (2019, commonly referred to as the “Genius Grant”), and the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize (2019). 

In 2021, Hood was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Architectural League presented to Hood the highest honor given to an individual for their exceptional achievements in architecture, urbanism, art, design, and the environment, where Architectural League President Paul Lewis declared that Hood is “one of the most influential designers of public space of our time…”

Hood’s notable large-scale projects across the country include the grounds for the M. H. de Young Museum in San Francisco, with Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron (2005), Rendezvous Park, Jackson, Wyoming (2011); Oakland Waterfront Master Plan, in Oakland (2011); Viaduct Rail Park, Philadelphia (2016); “Witness Walls,” Nashville, Tenn. (2017); Rosa Parks Neighborhood Master Plan, Detroit, Mich. (2018); the garden redesign for the Oakland Museum of California (2021); Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing Park, Jacksonville, Fla. (in progress), and the International African American Museum in Charleston, S.C. (in progress).

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