Opelika business pays tribute to those lives lost in Newtown - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Opelika business pays tribute to those lives lost in Newtown

Posted: Updated:
  • More newsMore>>

  • Another American hostage at risk by Islamic State

    Another American hostage at risk by Islamic State

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 8:24 AM EDT2014-08-20 12:24:23 GMT
    Militants with the Islamic State extremist group have beheaded American journalist James Foley and are threatening to kill another hostage in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq.More >>
    In a horrifying act of revenge for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq, militants with the Islamic State extremist group have beheaded American journalist James Foley - and are threatening to kill another hostage, U.S....More >>
  • Montgomery City Council passes pet ordinance

    Montgomery City Council passes pet ordinance

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 8:12 AM EDT2014-08-20 12:12:07 GMT
    The Montgomery City Council passed a new pet ordinance Tuesday night that includes an increased fee for pet owners whose dogs bite someone.The fee is going from ten dollars to one hundred dollars. TheMore >>
    The Montgomery City Council passed a new pet ordinance Tuesday night that includes an increased fee for pet owners whose dogs bite someone.More >>
  • 10 Things to Know for Today

    10 Things to Know for Today

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 8:04 AM EDT2014-08-20 12:04:17 GMT
    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:More >>
    By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: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.

Powered by WorldNow