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Designs Sought For Memorial To 26 Victims Of Sandy Hook School Shooting

A permanent memorial is planned to honor the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012.
A permanent memorial is planned to honor the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012. Photo Credit: File
Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial Commission
Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial Commission Photo Credit: Contributed

NEWTOWN, Conn. — Design submissions are now being accepted for a permanent memorial to the 20 first-graders and six educators killed in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown on Dec. 14, 2012.

Kyle Lyddy, chairman of the Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial Commission, said they are looking for a design that will be sensitive to everyone affected by the tragedy.

“With your submission, we hope that you will be purposeful with your thoughts, keeping in mind the reason your design is being sought, and are sensitive to the many individuals and families who have been impacted by that horrific day,” Lyddy said.

All interested designers, including but not limited to landscape architects, architects, and artists, are invited to apply individually or as teams. Emerging design professionals are also encouraged to submit a design.

Phase I design submissions will be accepted until Dec. 15. The commission and an advisory panel will review designs and create a short list to move forward into Phase II.

“While we have outlined a detailed document as a base for your work, we are hopeful this doesn’t limit the creativity of your submission,” Lyddy said.

The memorial is planned for a 5.3-acre property in Sandy Hook, which contains two open areas (former playing fields), two ponds, and woodlands in a semi-rural area.

Individuals interested in submitting a design will be allowed access to the memorial via scheduled site walks and by appointment only.

The land was donated by the Board of Trustees of the Boys Social & Athletic Club of Sandy Hook.

“It’s an emotional task. We’ve attempted to be diligent with our approach while ensuring every decision we’re making is guided by our mission statement of honoring those lost on that horrific day,” Lyddy said.

For more information, send an email to SandyHookPermanentMemorial@gmail.com, check out a document called "Guidelines for Submitting a Design" at www.SandyHookPermanentMemorial.com or visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SandyHookPermanentMemorial/ .

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