‘We all felt so bad’

2012-12-28T00:00:00Z ‘We all felt so bad’By Tesla Rodriquez tesla.rodriquez@winonadailynews.com Winona Daily News

Arcadia company creates town memorial to victims of Connecticut school shooting

ARCADIA, Wis. — In the middle of town stands a memorial tribute with photographs of the 20 children killed in the Sandy Hook school shooting.

Each picture shows a child smiling from ear to ear, a sparkle in their eyes. At the base of the tribute are four teddy bears — two wearing Santa hats.

The display, made recently to honor the school shooting victims in Connecticut, was created by the Arcadia company Supreme Graphics.

“We all felt so bad about those families that are without their children,” said CEO and president Chuck Blaschko on Thursday. “We wanted to do something. Our hearts go out to the people in the Connecticut area.”

Especially with the tragedy happening during the holidays, Blaschko added.

“They must have had a tremendously sad Christmas,” he said.

So eight of the company’s employees got to work. They pulled the photos from online, outlined how the tribute would look and put the pieces together.

After a few days of work they were able to get the tribute up in Washington Court in the middle of town, just 30 minutes before Wisconsin's statewide moment of silence on Friday.

It was emotionally trying for some of the employees, said Blaschko, as well as for him — he has three grandsons that are the ages of some of the children killed.

“It was heart-wrenching,” Blaschko said.

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  1. menomoniewi
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    menomoniewi - December 28, 2012 12:44 pm
    Hello

    While home for the holidays I noticed the memorial. I thought it was very nice. Great job!
  2. CatfishCurly
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    CatfishCurly - December 28, 2012 4:24 am
    Terrible events should empower us to take more realistic measure to secure our schools. Glad to see a couple western states starting to train and arm their teachers, as Texas has done for years. Wi has had armed police officers posted in schools in the twin cities metro for at least the past 8 years too. It is the world we live in , unfortunately. There is no amount of grief I can imagine like losing a child. For mine, still in school, I worry every time a new tragedy occurs. .....wishing our teachers were able to defend them, in the event it is ever needed, in this sleepy Minnesota town. It could and will happen over and over , until we get rid of "gun free zones"! We have seen too many examples of why that does not work!!
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