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Each bears the first name and the age of a victim in the recent Connecticut school shooting.
Andrew Stanley says seeing it really drove home the weight of the tragedy.
"It put it into scope when you hear 24 or 27 kids whatever the number was you don't understand that number until you see all those crosses going for a half mile and you're like wow," said Stanley.
The crosses all stand outside the home of Denny Hastings.
He put them up in hopes of giving people a new perspective on how big a tragedy those 26 deaths represent.
"You can hear it but unless you associate with it see something visually it's hard to comprehend how bad a tragedy it really was," said Hastings.
Hastings says for him the tragedy hit home on many levels.
He has grandchildren the same age as some of the victims including a granddaughter named Olivia that shares the same name and age as one of the victims.
It's one reason why you'll only see first names on the crosses.
Hastings felt people would connect with the names better if they didn't see their last names.
"I think if you use a first name it relates to somebody's family somewhere and that brings it closer to home," said Hastings.
Hastings is now encouraging people who are moved by his memorial to do something about it.
He wants people to do 26 kind acts in the next year in honor of those victims.
Thursday, December 27 2012, 10:24 PM CST
Former Dyer County constable sentenced to prison
May 23, 2013 12:50 GMT
DYERSBURG, Tenn. (AP) -- Former Dyer County Constable Derick Shane Hundley has been sentenced to 25 years in federal prison.
The State Gazette (http://bit.ly/14UHydd ) reported Hundley was sentenced Monday after earlier entering a guilty plea to enticement of a minor through electronic means. The government dropped a child pornography count.
Prosecutors said Hundley, who is 30, used a cellphone to try to entice a minor female to have sex with him. Police arrested Hundley last July and found an external hard drive that contained numerous images of minors involved in sex. He resigned from the constable post he had won in 2010 after his arrest.
Information from: State Gazette, http://www.stategazette.com
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