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Tonight (Monday, October 22, 2012) is the third debate between the two major candidates in the upcoming U.S. President election.
The day before my visit to Lynn University, I had never heard of the place. My visit was definitely unplanned.
Having lunch with a high school friend who I had not seen in 25 years was a treat. I heard that Luis had done well; he was a Fulbright scholar and now owned his own architecture firm.
Luis told me about designing the award-winning Haiti memorial remembrance plaza at Lynn University. He proudly described the accolades his firm received, showed me pictures of the plaza, and mentioned that it would be featured as a backdrop for the Presidential debate.
The memorial was only one month old and I proudly and humbly visited it the following day.
While tonight’s debate will be in an auditorium, the Haiti memorial will undoubtedly be on display by at least one of the major broadcast networks.
The memorial is dedicated to four students and two professors who died in the massive January 2010 Haiti earthquake.
Luis excitedly described to me how the memorial symbolizes the humanitarian efforts of the six individuals, incorporating the natural beauty of the water, air, light, and stone. The colors are influenced by these elements so that the memorial always looks different yet always looks reverent and peaceful.
For more information about the memorial, here is Lynn University’s media kit from the dedication ceremony this past March.
Luis Sousa is the principal owner of Sousa Architecture in Miramar, Florida.
Whichever candidate you support, if you watch the debate you also now have a little insider information.
Here are some of my pictures of the memorial: