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Update: Vigil lights the night to support Newtown

Lewes residents express sorrow, support with lighted candles
By Ron MacArthur | Dec 28, 2012
Photo by: Ron MacArthur People light their own candles from torches bearing the names of the shooting victims.

Lewes — Lewes mothers Gay Knapp Marini and Bonnie Truitt were looking for a way to express support for the families and friends of the Newtown, Conn., shooting victims.

“We were really sad and wanted to do something,” Marini said.

A chance meeting last week set the wheels in motion for a vigil on Lewes Beach. Promoted through social media at first, the Light the Night vigil picked up momentum and logistical support with the assistance of Frank Shade of Lewes.

At twilight Dec. 23, more than 200 people gathered to honor the memories of those who perished at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Many in the group were school teachers and students.

Lewes Mayor Jim Ford spoke about the tragedy before reading the victims' names. “It seems we all are affected by this. It's been a very difficult issue for so many people,” Ford said. “Now we need to take a step toward a better tomorrow. Our circle of life has been broken, but it will mend. We need to take the energy in this crowd and send it up the coast.”

During the somber ceremony, those in attendance lit candles from torches aglow in the memory of each victim.


Candles are lit in memory of the students and staff killed during the shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
State Sen. Brian Pettyjohn lights torches during a ceremony on Lewes Beach. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Richard Shields Elementary School principal Jen Nauman reads a poem written in memory of the Sandy Hook students. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Students light memorial candles during a Dec. 23 ceremony in Lewes. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Prior to the ceremony, those attending the vigil read short stories about each victim. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Lewes Mayor Jim Ford tells the crowd that everyone has felt the pain of the tragedy in Newtown, Conn. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Brian, Kelly and Mollie Pettyjohn of Georgetown pause to reflect during the candlelight vigil. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Sara Ann Garrison sings a song she wrote for the 20 students. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Savannah Shockley leads the group in "Silent Night." (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Caroline Maull, left, and Molly Hudecheck of Lewes look at small tags providing short stories about each victim. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
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