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El Parque de Orlando y Diego Mendoza

 
 
El Parque de Orlando y Diego Mendoza Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 10, 2012
1. El Parque de Orlando y Diego Mendoza Marker
Inscription.
English
In 1981, two young brothers, Orlando and Diego Mendoza, died when a drunk driver ran a stop sign at this intersection hitting the car in which the two children were riding. Orlando was 2 years old; Diego was 17 months. The accident left behind their heartbroken parents, Frank and Mary Mendoza. This rock and concrete shrine was built by neighbors in memory of these two young children. Today this park serves as a quiet respite and a reminder of how precious life is.

The colorful wall adornments in the park are based on "papel picado" or paper cutouts used on the "Day of the Dead" or "Día de los Muertos" which is celebrated on Nov 2nd. On this day, the memory of departed loved ones is honored by Hispanic families. "Day of the Dead" celebrations are held here at "El Parque de Orlando y Diego Mendoza" in memory of the two little brothers and other children that have left before their time. We can all do our part to honor the memory of Orlando and Diego by not drinking and driving.

Spanish
En 1981, dos hermanitos, Orlando y Diego Mendoza, murieron cuando un conductor ebrio se pasó el alto en esta intersección y chocó contra el automóvil en cual los niños viajaban. Orlando tenía 2 años; Diego solo tenia 17 meses. El accidente dejo a sus padres, Frank y Maria Mendoza, inconsolables.
El Parque de Orlando y Diego Mendoza Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 15, 2012
2. El Parque de Orlando y Diego Mendoza Marker
Esta roca y santuario de concreto fue construido por vecinos en memoria de estos dos niños. Hoy en día, este parque es para pasar momentos tranquilos y es un recordatorio de lo frágil que es la vida.

La pared del parque esta adornada de muchos colores estilo “papel picado” que se acostumbra mucho durante las celebraciones del “Día de los Muertos” cuando familias hispanas festejan la memoria de sus seres queridos que han muerto. El “Día de los Muertos” se celebra el 02 de noviembre en este parque en memoria de Orlando y Diego y todos los niños que han fallecido antes de su tiempo. Todos podemos hacer nuestra parte para honrar la memoria de Orlando y Diego al no beber y conducer.
 
Location. 32° 12.734′ N, 110° 58.305′ W. Marker is in Tucson, Arizona, in Pima County. Marker is at the intersection of South Convent Avenue and West 18th Street, on the right when traveling south on South Convent Avenue. Click for map. Monument is located on the northwest corner. Marker is in this post office area: Tucson AZ 85701, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. One Story from the Barrio Viejo (a few steps from this marker); Temple Emanu-El (approx. 0.2 miles away); Carlos Ygnacio Velasco House
Shrine at El Parque de Orlando y Diego Mendoza image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 15, 2012
3. Shrine at El Parque de Orlando y Diego Mendoza
(approx. ¼ mile away); Carrillo Intermediate School (approx. ¼ mile away); Teatro Carmen (approx. 0.3 miles away); El Tiradito (approx. 0.3 miles away); Cushing Street (approx. 0.3 miles away); Stone Avenue (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Tucson.
 
Categories. Hispanic Americans
 
Plaque at Base of Shrine image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 15, 2012
4. Plaque at Base of Shrine
English
This shrine was built with materials and services donated by over twenty-five residents of Barrio Viejo of Tucson. The shrine is dedicated to the children of the neighborhood
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Spanish
Este relicario fue construido con materiales y servicios donados por más de veintticinco residentes del Barrio Viejo de Tucsón. El relicario es dedicado paralos niños del Barrio

Artists: Mark Bahti – Julio Bernal – Michael Olivas – Peter Olivas – Antonio Guzman
Orlando and Diego Mendoza Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 15, 2012
5. Orlando and Diego Mendoza Park
Colorful Wall Adornments in the Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 15, 2012
6. Colorful Wall Adornments in the Park
The colorful wall adornments in the park are based on "papel picado" on paper cutouts used on the "Day of the Dead" or Dia de los Muertos".
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 996 times since then and 40 times this year. Last updated on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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