LAKE PLACID — On a misty afternoon this past Sunday, with fresh bouquets of flowers in hand, a local family delivered a message of love from here to Newtown, Conn.
Karen Angelopoulos is the district clerk for Lake Placid Central School District. Every day, she helps foster the work of educating and protecting hundreds of children in Lake Placid schools.
She found the tragic events of last Friday heartbreaking, a sentiment understood across the world.
But her family took a little time to deliver a message directly to the Connecticut town at the epicenter of a tragedy.
SIGNS OF LOVE
Karen is also a “hockey mom;” her son, Tucker, plays goalie for the Lake Placid Blue Bombers team.
“Our boys were playing in Brewster this weekend,” she said Monday. “It is not far from Newtown, so my daughter, my husband and I decided to go there and leave a memorial message.”
The streets of the small town, which is much the same in population as Lake Placid, were mobbed with visitors coming to pay respects and pray at streetside memorials and in parks adorned with angels and flowers.
“You drive into town past two churches,” Karen said, “and it was Sunday; there were lots of cars. There are balloons hanging on the bridge as you come into town. And as you drive down the road, there are angels standing together, made out of wood. And the cars lined up.
“My daughter, Alexa, and I got out and walked down to one memorial. We brought bouquets of flowers, and we made a sign that says: ‘Lake Placid, NY loves you.’
“There was so much traffic. We walked about a half-mile to where the memorial was. Oh my goodness. It was so busy, they had police directing traffic. People were walking to the memorials, carrying flowers and candles.”