Salt Lake City

City to Dedicate Memorial Grove in Remembrance of Newtown Victims


December 26, 2012
Contact: Art Raymond

City to Dedicate Memorial Grove in Remembrance of Newtown Victims

SALT LAKE CITY – Salt Lake City officials will join other community leaders in dedicating a grove of trees in remembrance of the victims of the Newtown, Conn. shootings at a ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 27 at 2 p.m. at the entrance to the Salt Lake City Cemetery, 200 N Street (corner of N and 4th Ave.).

Salt Lake City Urban Forester Bill Rutherford planned the grove and wrote the following, in explanation of his choice of species for the 26-tree memorial:

The trees will create a beautiful entry to this sacred place of remembrance. Redbuds are native to Connecticut and historic to Salt Lake City. Their attributes are well suited to those we honor.   Redbud is a small growing species that at maturity will be approximately 20 feet tall and 20 feet wide. Over time their canopies will be seamlessly woven together. Redbuds are a harbinger of spring for they are among the first trees to flower, renew growth and herald a new beginning. Their soft, lavender flowers appear preceding development of new leaves. Leaves emerge a purplish hue, transitioning to green.  Foliage is arranged along a zigzag twig, almost childlike in its whimsical variation, and each leaf is distinctively heart-shaped. Fall color varies with seasonal characteristics but can be as yellow as the sun. Each tree’s branching structure will be uniquely its own and beautifully made, with no two exactly alike but together making an unforgettable legacy.

“Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the people of Newtown,” said Mayor Ralph Becker. “We hope this memorial can contribute to the healing and renewal of community during an unimaginably difficult time.”
 The dedication will be followed by a candlelight vigil for the students and teachers of Sandy Hook Elementary.
EVENT:        Dedication of Newtown Memorial Grove
WHO:           Salt Lake City Officials
                    Community Leaders
WHEN:        Thursday, Dec. 27
                    2 p.m.
WHERE:      Salt Lake City Cemetery
                   200 N Street
                  (near entrance on northeast corner of N Street and 4th Ave.)