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Newtown Memorials and Events Being Considered, Planned

Several community members and those from the surrounding area are sharing their ideas for ways to honor the memory of those who were killed on Dec. 14.

As prayer vigils continue and families prepare to bury their loved ones, members of the Newtown community and surrounding towns continue to be buoyed by the strength and generosity of their neighbors.

While appreciative of the kind words and offerings being sent from around the country and the world, the community is focused on ways to help itself and honor the memories of those it lost. From memorial funds and bake sales to 5Ks and memorial gardens, there are many events and ideas being hatched through heartfelt discussions.

Here is a list of some of those events scheduled and projects being considered. If you know of others, please include them in the comments below.

Bake Sale – Monday from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. and Friday from 2 p.m. through 11 p.m. a bake sale will be held at Danbury Hospital to benefit the family of Emilie Parker, 6, who died in the Sandy Hook School shooting on Dec. 14. Emilie’s father, Robert Parker, is a physician assistant at the hospital. Various donated items will also be raffled for a fee. For more information, contact Shaun Chang, a hospital employee and data analyst with Quickcomm, at (203) 788-1871.

Strides for Sandy Hook Memorial 5k - Join Newtown in remembrance of the lives lost at Sandy Hook Elementary with the Strides for Sandy Hook Memorial 5k. More details will be coming soon.

Sandy Hook School Memorial Concert – A concert is being planned to help benefit the families of the victims of the Sandy Hook School shooting, as well as the creation of a memorial for the tragedy to be placed in the town. If you are interested please contact: sandyhookschoolbenefitconcert@gmail.com

Sandy Hook Memorial Garden – This project is described as “a peaceful garden of sacred ground” and a “wonderful way to gather together and have a healing process for the years to come.” Now they just need a location and plenty of donated materials and time.

For more information on how to help the families affected by the shooting please read this article and leave a comment if you want to help.

Julie Weigel December 17, 2012 at 01:57 PM
If you are looking for an architect for the memorial garden, please contact us at: 5weigels@gmail.com. We are Newtown residents who would love to help.
Tina December 17, 2012 at 04:05 PM
This article recently crossed my desk .http://www.huffingtonpost.com/janet-echelman/imagination-becomes-reality_b_2296215.html It occurred to me that a large scale soft sculpture like the one described by designer Janet Echelman might be something to consider. It appears to be very ethereal, soft and billowing.
Lisa December 18, 2012 at 07:51 AM
I am a teacher in Arizona. My students, their parents, and I are thinking about ways we can show our support. We have beautiful bronze sculptures in our town & I was wondering if maybe we could figure out a way to create a fund to add life-sized bronze sculptures of the victims to a memorial garden in Connecticut to make sure they are never forgotten. Do you think this would be something that the families would be okay with?
Andrew December 18, 2012 at 11:39 AM
Lisa, that's a very thoughtful idea. But in all honesty, I wish that we would all put equal efforts right now into taking effective, long-lasting steps to ensure that similar tragedies never occur again. What are we doing to secure our schools better? All around the country, we need to take meaningful steps and prove that we have learned something from this tragedy. Let's do something to secure our buildings... to protect our children and to honor those families in Newtown, CT.
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