Approximately 400 residents from Newtown, Conn. were at yesterday’s New York Giants v. Philadelphia Eagles game at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. for a special pre-game ceremony honoring the victims of the Dec. 14 Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings.
With their headquarters only 60-miles from Newtown, the Giants have a strong geographical and emotional connection with the residents and victims from Newtown.
Several of the families present at the game included those who had lost children in the shootings. Jack Pinto, the 6-year-old buried in Giants’ receiver Victor Cruz’ jersey, was represented at the ceremony by his family according to ESPN.
Prior to the game, the families were invited on the field as the Giants warmed up for their game against the Eagles. Then the families had the opportunity to greet and slap hands with the Giants as the team took the field for the game.
The honorary guests formed two lines to welcome Big Blue and visiting Philadelphia Eagles players, then joined hands and lined the perimeter of the field in a moment of silence to honor the 26 victims of the Newtown, Conn. school massacre. ~ New York Daily News
Yesterday’s memorial event at Metlife Stadium took place 16-days after Conn. shooter Adam Lanza shot and killed twenty young Sandy Hook Elementary School students and six adult school staffers.
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