A Midstate woman who was heartbroken by the Newtown massacre wants to make sure the victims are never forgotten.
Corinne Trively created 20 child-sized silhouettes, one for each of the children who were killed. Sunday, the display was set up at the West Shore Brethren in Christ Church in Mechanicsburg.
ABC27 News first met Trively about a week after the Sandy Hook shooting, when her silhouette idea was just beginning to take shape.
"I literally had a vision of a memorial for 20 innocent children standing in a field," she said.
A few days later, that vision became a reality.
"A project of this magnitude came together in five days the week before Christmas is kind of amazing," Trively said. "It really speaks to the quality of people in this area."
The 20 silhouettes are divided into 12 pink and eight blue. On Sunday, volunteers unloaded them from cars and put them into the hillside. The church then dedicated the display to God.
"We dedicate this to you. May it be an expression of our oneness with the people of Newtown," prayed pastor Bob Verne. "That they may know others such as people in this community, share with them in their grief and share with them their sense of loss."
The silhouettes have no faces and no names -- just big hearts.
"Just take a look at your priorities and make certain that your family is first in your life and that you make them aware of that and enough hugs and kisses every day," volunteer Linda Trively said.
"Peace, love, support, solidarity and let's all step up and make changes and make darn sure that this never happens to another child again in this country," Corinne Trively said.
The volunteers are also raising money for grief counseling services in Newtown. For information on how to contribute, visit http://www.crowdrise.com/harrisburgisnewtown
Tuesday, August 19 2014 1:03 PM EDT2014-08-19 17:03:38 GMT
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