Wreath on Greencastle corner pays tribute to Newtown victims

PAT FRIDGEN, Echo Pilot
Pedestrians and motorists may view a displaying honoring the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Greencastle residents Tina and David Manning set it up on South Washington and East Franklin streets.

A Greencastle couple is sharing their concern for the families affected by the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in December. Tina and David Manning put up a 4-foot wreath at the corner of South Washington and East Franklin streets. It has 12 pink roses for the girls who died, and eight blue roses for the boys. Six white roses honor the teachers and adults who perished when a gunman broke into the Newtown, Conn. school and took 20 lives on Dec. 14.

"The tragedy really broke our hearts," they said. "Our prayers go out to all the families. We thought it would be nice to have a memorial here in Pennsylvania."

They found the wreath while Christmas shopping. Jay Sensenig from Fast Signs donated the banner, which was designed by Kassie Sease from Worx Graphic Design.

The large red ribbon has the first name of each victim, inscribed by their daughter-in-law Laura Wallace.

"It was a group effort bringing this memorial to life," said the Mannings.

They have had a positive response from the public, with people stopping to view it, and commenting through Facebook and text messages.

The wreath is also illuminated at night.