Huntsville, AL (WHNT) — At dusk in Big Spring park, a small group gathered under the light house, to remember those killed and injured in Newtown, Connecticut a week ago.
They lit candles and bowed their heads in prayer.
“Can this be a rebirth of a new intention for all of us to say ‘how do we support our children? How do we keep our children safe,” asked Wanda Campbell, a coordinator of the event and self-proclaimed Minister of Peace. “It felt important to give the community a place to come together and say to our brothers and sisters, ‘we love you, we’re here, we’re a part of you.”
Families brought their young children to the vigil, wanting to show them what it means to be part of a community, and be there for people who are struggling, no matter how far away they may be.
“We talk to our kids and told them about the shootings, because I think it’s important for them to know there are children out there that won’t go home. And just respect that and pray for them and their families,” said Erin Jones, a mother of two children under the age of 10.
Jones says they wanted to be honest with their kids about the world they live in, but it wasn’t always an easy story to tell.
“They asked ‘why?’ and that’s the hardest part. I don’t know why, and nobody will ever know why,” said Jones.
It’s a question millions of Americans are struggling with today, but communities coming together to show strength and love for those struggling, instills hope once again.
“I’ve always been a big believer in the fact that enough good can overcome evil,” said Johnathan Jones, Erin’s husband.
At the vigil, a Christmas tree was set up where people can donate ornaments in honor of children who are suffering all over the nation. You can place them in a basket at the tree on the north end of the Tinsel Trail, and a volunteer will put them on the tree.