Joshua Tree Rotary Held a Dedication for the Veteran’s Labyrinth and Rock Garden April 11, 2012 at Copper Mountain College.
April 19, 2012
Located at the West Side of the BELL CENTER
Joshua Tree Rotary has been a long time supporter of Copper Mountain College, and was active in funding the first buildings on the campus. Dr. Roger Wagner, Superintend/President stated “I am pleased to have this small yet meaningful place on our campus where Veterans can go for reflection and relaxation. I extend my sincere thanks to the Joshua Tree Rotary Club for providing CMC with this wonderful tool to help us better serve our Veterans.”
To meet the needs of the many Veterans who have returned to school after the recent wars and need a place for quiet reflection, we are providing a peaceful rock garden with a labyrinth made up of paving stones that have positive messages of thanks. This is to show our Veterans the gratitude that we as a community feel for those who have served. This rock garden is to honor and give thanks to all veterans. Khristine L. Warch, past president stated, “We serve those who served with heartfelt gratitude for their protection of our country and the freedoms they have ensured for our families”.
The shape of a labyrinth is significantly different than a maze. While a maze is intended to have dead-ends, and have areas where someone may feel trapped, a labyrinth is designed as a continuous path that leads to the center through a series of turns, and then leads you safely out again. It is one of the oldest contemplative and transformational tools used by people for centuries for personal growth. Walking the labyrinth is a healing experience. It reminds the walker that we have many twists and turns throughout life in the forms of setbacks and opportunities to grow. Walking the path helps to balance the right and left sides of the brain, and allows us multiple views of the world around us so we can see our path from a variety of directions.
“Take the next step”