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U.S. flag memorial offered as place for solace in Newtown

Updated 7:28 pm, Tuesday, December 18, 2012
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This flag memorial was commissioned by Howard Lasser of Newtown and painted by artist David Merrill as a tribute to those who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001. Lasher is making this memorial that stands on his property in Newtown, available to those seeking solace in the aftermath of the mass shooting of 26 people at the Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012.

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NEWTOWN -- Howard Lasher and his wife, Jeanette, have offered the site of the American Flag Memorial on Route 302 for those who wish to find solace from the horror that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School this past Friday.

Howard Lasher said "the memorial is open to all within the community who would like to leave photos, poems, cards and flowers, or who just want to say a solemn prayer in honor of the shooting victims."

The memorial, where a stand of trees is painted with the American flag, can be seen from the street near their home at 68 Dodgingtown Road, off Shelley Road. Lasher has hosted a memorial there every year since Sept. 11, 2001, to honor victims of that tragedy. The painting was done by artist David Merrill.