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Design chosen for Sandy Hook memorial

Vote expected Thursday
Posted: 1:55 PM, Aug 08, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-08 17:56:57Z

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) -- A committee in Connecticut has chosen a design for a permanent memorial to honor the 26 people killed in the 2012 shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The Newtown-based group chose a design by San Francisco-based architecture and design firm SWA, featuring a coiling wooded walkway leading to a sycamore tree planted in the middle of a small man-made reflecting pool.

Alan Martin, the vice chairman of the Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial Commission says the design was picked from almost 200 submitted and received overwhelming approval from the victims' families.

The commission will formally vote Thursday to recommend the design to the town's board of selectmen.

Martin says plans are for the memorial, on a donated 5-acre site near the elementary school, to be dedicated on Dec. 14, 2019, the seventh anniversary of the shooting.