The Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial Commission has held their first meeting in more than a year. In late July, the group discussed signage at the memorial site. According to the Newtown Bee, members suggested that dogs, with the exception of service dogs, be prohibited. They also talked about banning smoking, vaping, alcohol, and skateboarding, but note that they can create new signs in the future if they missed something and want to be more specific.
The signs could be titled “Memorial Etiquette” instead of memorial rules or guidelines.
Items left at the site, such as flowers or toys, will be removed and discarded, asking that people only leave their thoughts.
First Selectman Dan Rosenthal read the wording of one planned signs: “Welcome to the memorial honoring the lives of the victims of the December 14, 2012, shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. This is a special place of quiet and reverence. A place for the families of the victims and for the community to reflect and remember. Encased within the stone is the sacred soil created from the many items left in spontaneous memorials throughout the town on the days following the tragedy.”