LA CROSSE, Wis. -

All across the nation, people paused Friday to honor the victims of last week's school shooting in Connecticut.

Friday night, people gathered for a memorial service in a heated tent at the Rotary Lights to remember the lives lost.

The 45 minute service gave everyone the opportunity to reflect and say prayers for those who are grieving. "It gives a chance for people to offer their prayers and to contemplate a little on the meaning of life and how short everything is and make us live each day with a little more intensity and awareness of the beauty of the Earth," said the Rev. Allan Townsend.