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Each bears the first name and the age of a victim in the recent Connecticut school shooting.
Andrew Stanley says seeing it really drove home the weight of the tragedy.
"It put it into scope when you hear 24 or 27 kids whatever the number was you don't understand that number until you see all those crosses going for a half mile and you're like wow," said Stanley.
The crosses all stand outside the home of Denny Hastings.
He put them up in hopes of giving people a new perspective on how big a tragedy those 26 deaths represent.
"You can hear it but unless you associate with it see something visually it's hard to comprehend how bad a tragedy it really was," said Hastings.
Hastings says for him the tragedy hit home on many levels.
He has grandchildren the same age as some of the victims including a granddaughter named Olivia that shares the same name and age as one of the victims.
It's one reason why you'll only see first names on the crosses.
Hastings felt people would connect with the names better if they didn't see their last names.
"I think if you use a first name it relates to somebody's family somewhere and that brings it closer to home," said Hastings.
Hastings is now encouraging people who are moved by his memorial to do something about it.
He wants people to do 26 kind acts in the next year in honor of those victims.
Thursday, December 27 2012, 10:24 PM CST
Prince Edward presents Edinburgh's awards in Tenn.
May 23, 2013 22:00 GMT
By ERIK SCHELZIG Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Queen Elizabeth's youngest son, Prince Edward, is visiting Tennessee to promote one of the British royal family's charities, the Duke of Edinburgh's awards.
The prince presided over an awards ceremony at the governor's mansion in Nashville on Thursday for the first batch of young Tennesseans to participate in the leadership and character program.
About 80 youths received the award by participating in community service, skills development, physical fitness and adventurous journeys through the Boy Scouts, Boys and Girls Clubs, LEAD Academy, Montgomery Bell Academy or the Miss Tennessee Scholarship Organization.
Following the event, Gov. Bill Haslam and first lady Crissy Haslam invited the awardees and their families to tea inside the governor's residence. Later on Thursday, the prince was scheduled to headline a black-tie gala at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville.
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Chairman Ben Bernanke is telling Congress that the U.S. job market remains weak and that it is too soon for the Federal Reserve to end its extraordinary stimulus programs.
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