REMEMBERING GEORGIA:Maybe millions of drivers accelerated onto 101 at the south end of Petaluma without noticing the steel sculpture off to their right. If they did see it they probably didn't know why it was there.
The piece marked the place where the body of Santa Rosa 12-year-old Georgia Lee Moses was found in August of 1997. Georgia, whose difficult life had deprived her of a true childhood, was last seen outside a southwest Santa Rosa fast-food place nine days earlier.
Two firefighters created the memorial sculpture. In March of 2000 it was dedicated by about 100 people who gathered at the spot alongside the Petaluma Boulevard South highway entrance where Georgia had been left.
In 2006, memories of Georgia permeated the opening in Santa Rosa of The Children's Village, a home for youngsters who've been neglected, abused and passed around. Georgia's death had spurred founder Lia Rowley.
Early this year, somebody with Caltrans left a note on Georgia's sculpture. Because of scheduled roadwork, it would have to be moved.
Petaluma's Kit Lofroos and several other women who'd maintained the area around the memorial asked Petaluma officials for help to relocate it. A community effort uprooted the piece a short while ago and set it on the grounds of Petaluma City Hall.
A re-dedication ceremony on Nov. 3 will no doubt include calls for us to heed the needs of our children.