LITITZ, Pa. (WHTM) – For months, there was a giant memorial on the lawn of Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church.
The memorial of pictures, flowers, and stuffed animals was to honor Meghan Keeney and Jack Nicholson, two Warwick students killed in a crash in front of the high school last October.
The weather wasn’t kind to the memorial, so the church removed it and placed wreaths in memory of the students, but something bigger is coming soon.
The church across from the high school is building a permanent memorial site.
Douglas Minnich, a church council member who is organizing efforts to build the memorial, said they realize the community still needs to grieve.
“Grief is something that’s very personal and it varies from one person to another,” Minnich said. “It may take some people weeks and months to work through that and accept the loss of friends and family members. Hopefully, the church can provide a nice quiet place to meditate.”
The church is covering the estimated cost to have two benches installed, one for each student. The memorial will also have a patio and a dogwood tree.
Members of the Warwick boy’s lacrosse team have volunteered to help build it and companies in the area are donating labor.
Donna Nicholson-Stief, Jack Nicholson’s mother, said in a statement that her family is “humbled by the outpouring of love.”
Minnich said they hope to have the memorial completed by June.