SEA BRIGHT, N.J. (AP) — Construction on the first memorial playground honoring the 26 victims of the Newtown, Conn. Schoolhouse massacre starts Friday.
A 6:30 a.m. groundbreaking ceremony is planned on the beach in Sea Bright on a playground that will honor special education teacher Anne Marie Murphy.
The playgrounds — one for each child and teacher killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School — are being built in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut communities hit hard by Superstorm Sandy.
The project, named “The Sandy Ground Project: Where Angels Play,” is being spearheaded by New Jersey’s Firefighter’s Mutual Benevolent Association. It connects the two tragedies that share the name “Sandy.”
Sea Bright was chosen for the first playground because of the level of devastation brought by Sandy.