SEAL COVE, Maine-- It has been three months since the Sandy Hook tragedy that killed 26 people, many children. The Newtown community continues to mourn the loss. Last December, we brought you the story of a group of Mainers responding to the shooting. Now their dream to build a memorial to remember those lost is a reality.
A four foot by eight foot granite stone etched with all 26 victims names is almost ready to be delivered to Sandy Hook. It was made possible by dozens of Mainers willing to donate their time and labor to create the stone.
Stonecutter Brian Hawkins spent over 100 hours on the stone, "I hope we give them a little closure. It's a terrible thing that's happen. Anyway I could help, I would. I wish I could bring all of them back for them but I can't. They won't be forgotten."
Hawkins is just one of the many willing to help make this memorial possible. The stone was donated from a local quarry and a local designer created a dozen sketches until the design was just right.
Designer Noah Mohr said, "I can't even put it into words, you know, to think about that phone call or them not getting off the bus. I couldn't fathom it, but to be able to give back to them and I don't know them you know is pretty incredible."
Mohr spent nearly 100 hours making the children's names look like a child's writing written in crayon. The teachers' names are carved in gold.
Mohr, however, said it was time well spent if it can console the Sandy Hook community. "It shows what kind of love and support there is. To see it go from a piece of paper and a dream to a reality here as a stone it's not going to be completed until the day it is dropped off," said Mohr.
The stone will be transferred to Cutler where it will be attached to the base of the memorial. The group said they will need to adjust it but expect to deliver the stone to Newtown in a couple weeks. To follow the progress of the memorial visit their Facebook page.