Local group organizes virtual event to honor Newtown victims

Thousands walk or run to remember Sandy Hook
Local group organizes virtual event to honor Newtown victims

A group in McFarland is honoring those who lost their lives at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The organization “Fellow Flowers” organized a virtual walk/run on Saturday that had participants around the world putting one foot in front of the other for 2.6 miles, a distance chosen to honor the 26 who died in the horrific school shooting.

“I can’t imagine sending my child to school one day, giving them a kiss and a hug and saying, ‘I’ll see you after school,’ and then not,” said walker Sara Everson.

Eight days after the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., the group “Fellow Flowers” is running to remember, honor, and reflect.

“I can’t even begin to comprehend, none of us can comprehend what they’ve lost,” said organizer Maryellen Charbonneau. “Yet they have to put one foot in front of the other somehow.”


“We thought, if we can unite in those first steps, if we can be with them, then that’s at least a start for us to do something,” continued Charbonneau.

That thought led to the brains behind “Fellow Flowers” creating the 2.6 mile walk/run.

On Saturday, thousands walked around the country and closer to home in McFarland.

“And pretty soon we had almost 3,000 people from all over the country and now from throughout the world,” exclaimed Charbonneau. “Our first person who ran this morning was from Australia. So she started us off this morning.”

Others took to Facebook to post pictures and thoughtful prayers to the community of Newtown.

“I hope they know that we’re thinking of them,” said Everson. “And doing what we can to show them that we’re here and just there for them.”

For anyone who couldn’t walk or run Saturday, organizers said it can be done any day in the future to show support.

For more information on “Fellow Flowers,” visit their Facebook page.