The events of “Family Friday Night” at the Old Town Ice Skating Rink will pause this week as Temecula residents are invited to gather to show support for the victims of last week’s Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
The special remembrance ceremony is planned for 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 21 at the Civic Center Quad in Old Town Temecula.
Twenty-six tolling chimes will ring out over the crowd, as hearts and prayers go out in memory of those lost on that tragic day.
“I felt we had a moral obligation to the community, to honor and respect the memory and the loss of the kids and teachers of Sandy Hook,” Temecula city councilman Chuck Washington said by phone. “No community should ever have to go through this.” Washington said.
News of the Sandy Hook shooting has affected the citizens throughout the region, with local school and law enforcement officials promising every effort to ensure the safety of area students.
“This has not gone unnoticed by us. By all accounts, we are a safe and quiet community, much in the same way as Newtown, Conn. So many of us know each other, are interconnected. The candlelight vigil is our opportunity to gather and show our support,” Washington said.
The winter events of Old Town will not be cancelled, but will pause while the victims are remembered.
Afterward, skating will continue and a viewing of “Miracle on 34th Street” will be shown at 7 p.m.
All are welcome to remain for the free event.
The Civic Center Quad is located at 41000 Main Street in Temecula.
For more information, contact Community Services at 951-694-6480.
Ashley Ludwig is a local writer and regular contributor to SWRNN.