Visitors look over the new peace fence Monday evening during a celebration commemorating its completion.

Ashland peace wall is up

Fragile fabric panels bearing messages of peace have been transformed into permanent tiles now on display in front of the Ashland Public Library.

The tiles were unveiled Monday — International Peace Day — before an appreciative crowd gathered outside the library.

"It seems so fitting to unveil and dedicate Ashland's peace wall on this very day," said Nancy Bardos, who has been working on the project.

Adults from the Peace Choir ensemble as well as teens from the Youth Peace Choir entertained the crowd.

In 2007, volunteers covered a fence near Ashland's railroad tracks with panels promoting peace. Vandals tore down the display in 2008, but the panels had been photographed.

A waving metal frame in front of the library is now partly filled with tiles printed with the photographic images of many of the panels.

Organizers are about one-quarter of the way to their goal of raising $25,000 to fund the wall.

— Ashland Daily Tidings

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