American Flag Memorial for Victims of Newtown

A unique American flag memorial plays double-duty to honor victims in tragedy.

Howard Lasser and his wife, Jeanette, commissioned a flag memorial not long after the tragedy of September 11, 2001. They hired flag painter David Merrill to paint an American flag on a group of trees as a memorial to those who had died in the 9/11 attacks and offer some sort of solace to those who needed a place to mourn the tragedy.

Newtown American flag memorial

However, after the tragedy that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Lasser decided to offer up his Newtown-based American flag memorial on Route 302 as a place for those to find comfort and solace. Lasser said, “The memorial is open to all within the community who would like to leave photos, poems, cards and flowers, or who just want to say a solemn prayer in honor of the shooting victims.”

The Lassers host a memorial service every year on September 11 to honor the victims of the attacks.

Credit: News Times

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