A solitary figure can to Sherman Green Monday morning. Under the gray skies, he was patiently setting up the platforms -- 26 of them -- that would hold the yellow luminaries to be lit during a vigil tonight.
On each bag was the name of one of the young children or adults killed in Friday's mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
At the same time, just a few blocks down the road, mourners were heading into a Beach Road funeral home for services for 6-year-old Noah Pozner, the first of many funerals to come for the Sandy Hook victims.
"This is a way to celebrate them," said the man, who didn't want to give his name and would say only that he is local resident. The hood on his sweatshirt was pulled up to ward off the cold, as he placed sticks inside the sand-filled luminary bags to help keep them upright.
It was taking a long time, he said, to get the luminaries in place. And the elevated platforms would be used to lift them off the ground so the children and their teachers would be remembered for who they were, and not thought of simply as victims, he said.
"It actually takes hours and hours," he said. "You can feel the pain writing the names, and putting the sand in the bag, and yet it only took a few minutes for all those lives to be lost."
A community vigil has been organized by town officials at 5 p.m. today on Sherman Green, rain or shine. Community and spiritual leaders have been invited to help lead the program.