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.