Opelika business pays tribute to those lives lost in Newtown - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

Opelika business pays tribute to those lives lost in Newtown

Posted: Updated:
  • NEWSMore>>

  • Operation D.R.I.V.E. on I-85 promotes safe driving habits

    Operation D.R.I.V.E. on I-85 promotes safe driving habits

    Wednesday, September 17 2014 1:33 AM EDT2014-09-17 05:33:00 GMT
    Operation D.R.I.V.E. is a multi-state patrol on Interstate 85 which keeps an eye on unsafe driving behaviors among commercial vehicle drivers like those texting, following too closely or driving fatigued.More >>
    Operation D.R.I.V.E. is a multi-state patrol on Interstate 85 which keeps an eye on unsafe driving behaviors among commercial vehicle drivers like those texting, following too closely or driving fatigued.More >>
  • Auburn University becomes Styrofoam free

    Auburn University becomes Styrofoam free

    Wednesday, September 17 2014 1:20 AM EDT2014-09-17 05:20:05 GMT
    Auburn students and faculty may have noticed something missing on campus this semester: Styrofoam cups. The Office of Sustainability and Tiger Dining have been working to make Auburn a Styrofoam-free campMore >>
    Auburn students and faculty may have noticed something missing on campus this semester: Styrofoam cups. The Office of Sustainability and Tiger Dining have been working to make Auburn a Styrofoam-free campus, and at the end of the summer, Styrofoam was eliminated from private vendors on campus.More >>
  • Redevelopment project in the works on "City Village"

    Redevelopment project in the works on "City Village"

    Wednesday, September 17 2014 1:15 AM EDT2014-09-17 05:15:08 GMT
    As thousands flock to Columbus for what USA Today calls one of the best man-made whitewater rafting courses in the world, city leaders want to make a great impression on tourists as they enter the city.More >>
    As thousands flock to Columbus for what USA Today calls one of the best man-made whitewater rafting courses in the world, city leaders want to make a great impression on tourists as they enter the city.More >>
OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) -

One Opelika business has made the ultimate tribute to honor those who lost their lives at Sandy Hook Elementary school almost one week ago.

"I saw where Brazil has placed crosses along the roadside in remembrance of Sandy Hook, so I thought all the elementary schools in the nation should do this," explains business owner Andrew Gracia.

With this idea in mind, Gracia's business, Magnolia Storage and flea market, constructed and donated 26 crosses in honor of each student and adult and placed them in front on Beauregard Elementary School.

"One of the parents actually took a picture this morning and the sun was shining overhead and it was like sunshine from above," says Gracia, "Take it as you will, but everybody likes it."

Gracia enlisted the help of two future U.S. Army Infantry Soldier's to help build and place the crosses. 

"We actually came up with the idea a few days ago and we started yesterday. We went and got all the supplies to build with and we made them all by hand.. Measured everything, cut it out perfect and painted all the names," states Private Nicholas Homan.

As older brothers and Beauregard Elementary graduates themselves, these young men knew that this way to show the upmost compassion for the victims and their families.

"I have younger siblings and brothers and sisters and I can't image what they are going through, the pain they are going through. I know if I felt like that I would like from somebody to help out and show a little respect and I feel like that's my role, showing respect to the families who lost someone that day," explains Private Cameron Crawford.

 "It just shows the community and that the thing about Beauregard, it's a small, rural community and everybody comes together in times like these," says Gracia.

Copyright 2012 WTVM. All rights reserved.

  • Most ReadMost ReadMore>>

  • Man indicted for attempted murder of Lanett police officer

    Man indicted for attempted murder of Lanett police officer

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 12:22 PM EDT2014-09-16 16:22:25 GMT
    A Chambers County grand jury has indicted Jarod Moreland for Attempted Capital Murder of a Lanett police officer.  Per Lanett Police Chief Angie Spates, in August of 2013, Moreland allegedly took policeMore >>
    A Chambers County grand jury has indicted Jarod Moreland for Attempted Capital Murder of a Lanett police officer.  Per Lanett Police Chief Angie Spates, in August of 2013, Moreland allegedly took policeMore >>
  • Father accused of killing 5 children extradited back to S. Carolina

    Father accused of killing 5 children extradited back to S. Carolina

    Thursday, September 11 2014 7:56 PM EDT2014-09-11 23:56:58 GMT
    The father accused of killing and dumping the bodies of his five children along a rural dirt road in Wilcox County, Alabama was successfully extradited back to the state of South CarolinaMore >>
    The father accused of killing and dumping the bodies of his five children along a rural dirt road in Wilcox County, Alabama was successfully extradited back to the state of South Carolina Thursday to face charges, according to local reports.More >>
  • breaking

    Missing juvenile boy located

    Missing juvenile boy located

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 12:05 PM EDT2014-09-16 16:05:39 GMT
    The Columbus Police Department has located a missing juvenile and returned him to his residence. Terrell D. Baldwin, also known as "Tank," was last seen at 513 35th Street on Wednesday, Sept. 10 2014.More >>
    The Columbus Police Department has located a missing juvenile and returned him to his residence. Terrell D. Baldwin, also known as "Tank," was last seen at 513 35th Street on Wednesday, Sept. 10 2014.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

1909 Wynnton Road
Columbus, Ga. 31906

FCC Public File
publicfile@wtvm.com
706-494-5400
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WTVM. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.