Plans For Sandy Hook Memorial Scaled Back As Mourners Gather For 7-Year Anniversary

AP News
December 14, 2019 - 3:34 pm
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NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) -- Design plans for the permanent memorial honoring victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut have been scaled back as mourners gather on the seven-year anniversary of the shooting.

Committee volunteers say a sycamore tree growing in a man-made reflecting pool with names of the victims around it will still be the design's core element.

Changes include eliminating the planned pavilion and limiting paved surfaces.

The new estimated cost is $3.7 million instead of $10 million.

The original design was picked from almost 200 submissions. Final design refinements, public hearings on the proposal, land-use approvals and approval from town voters are still needed.

Twenty first-graders and six educators were killed in the 2012 shooting. 

Vigils and church services are planned to mark the seventh anniversary of the shooting and remember victims of other gun violence incidents.

Saturday morning events include services at churches in Newtown and a vigil in Ridgefield.

Anti-gun violence groups also will hold a candlelight vigil in Hartford at 4:30 p.m. to remember the many victims of gun violence.

Gov. Ned Lamont has ordered all state and U.S. flags in Connecticut to be flown at half-staff Saturday in remembrance of the Newtown victims.