“There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance; pray, love, remember ….” (Hamlet, iv.5.175-76).
At Murch Elementary school a six-sided pole stands on a grassy hilltop in the center of a labyrinth painted on the ground. The word “Peace” is inscribed on the pole in six languages. The labyrinth is surrounded by benches, flanked by containers of herbs. One holds rosemary. Scientists have found that, true to folklore, the chemistry of rosemary does in fact aid memory, so it is a fitting herb to grace a schoolyard. The pungent green is also well suited to its traditional role as the herb of memorials.
Walk the labyrinth contemplating peace, brush past the rosemary remembering all who suffer when peace on earth is shattered. Remember, too, that peace begins with you.