Angels made of snow in Sparta park honor shooting victims
Memorials for the 26 students and teachers killed at Sandy Hook are popping up all across the country.
That includes a large group of snowmen standing together at Blyton Park in Sparta.
Sparta is more than 1,000 miles away from Newtown, Conn. But for Sparta mother Nicole Osborne, the shootings hit close to home.
"It's hard to wrap your mind around that kind of evil, you know? Because I don't really know what other word to use,” said Osborne. “I just felt something needed to be done. And I wanted to do something because I didn't know what else to do."
So Osborne did what she could.
She invited her friends and neighbors to brave the icy weather to build a memorial of 26 snowmen decorated like angels in Blyton Park.
“It was especially touching on Friday because at 9:30 when we were out here, the church bells rang 26 times,” said Osborne’s friend, Yvonne Scholle. “I just thought, ‘It's one week since the tragedy happened.’ And I felt sorry for the kids and for the teachers. And it gave me just a renewed sense of strength to get this memorial done for them. It just meant a lot for me."
During the day, sunlight glitters off the angels' golden wings. At night, they flicker in the glow of candle light.
"I think it turned out wonderful. It suits its purpose. It makes me feel like we've paid our respects in some sort of sense," said Osborne.
With cold noses and warm hearts, neighbors come to the park to stand together with the snow angels.
They come to stand together with Newtown, Conn., and hold their own children tightly in their arms.
One child had the idea to put a note on the fencepost behind the snow angels. The families who built the memorial welcome other visitors to do the same.
Organizers said the memorial will be up as long as Mother Nature allows.
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