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.