Closing ceremony held for temporary Waukesha parade memorial, permanent location determined

WAUKESHA, Wis. (CBS 58) – The Waukesha Parade Memorial is temporarily being decommissioned with a closing ceremony this morning, Wednesday, December 29.

The memorial has been under construction for over a month, and it has become a symbol of hope for the community.

In a statement, Mayor Shawn Reilly thanked the community for supporting the victims.

“The memorial has provided a place for the community to grieve and come together to support those who have lost loved ones and who will face physical and emotional trauma from the November 21 events in years to come,” Reilly said.

The plan is to move all items from the temporary memorial at Waukesha’s Veterans Park to a permanent location.

The Waukesha County Historical Association will curate and preserve the items for the future.

CBS 58 has visited the memorial several times and spoke to many people, including a father, about its impact.

“Every person has a different parenting style, but I came here just to teach my son the power of prayer. Pray for everyone, pray for all that has happened. Pray for everything, you know?” Michael Plante said.

On January 18, the Waukesha General Council will consider forming a permanent memorial committee. That committee will work with city and community leaders to decide the best location for the memorial.

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