This Saturday, a celebration of Leonard Knight's life was held at Salvation Mountain. Hundreds of people came together from many different backgrounds to celebrate his message of God and Love. The Patriot Guard escorted a part of this American Hero's ashes to the place he created and called home for almost thirty years. As family and friends took the mic to honor his life and legacy, guests were given a cup of paint (that may or may not have contained some of Leonard's ashes) to add some fresh color to the flowers on his mountain. The painters were told to stick to the color they received, for Leonard was the artist, and they were just helping to upkeep his work.
Now the first (and last) time I met Leonard was in the middle of summer 2011. Since temperatures can increase into the 120's, not many visitors go out to the desert, let alone Slab City. We were the only visitors at the mountain, and after our visit we heard him lean over to his friend and say "I knew it was going to be a good day." Leonard was overjoyed that he had even two visitors! My point is that seeing hundreds of people repainting his mountain to keep the legacy alive would have been more than he ever wanted!
If you're interested in helping preserve the mountain, the next work party will be held on April 5th. For more updates follow the Salvation Mountain Facebook page.
RIP Leonard Knight