Newtown Resident’s 9/11/01 Memorial Offers Solace for 12/14/12 Mourners

Newtown Resident’s 9/11/01 Memorial Offers Solace for 12/14/12 Mourners


For Newtown resident Howard Lasher, the wounds of the tragedy  of 9/11 are still fresh in his mind and heart more than a decade later. Experiencing another horrific tragedy in his lifetime, he said, is almost too much to bear.

“My heart has been shattered by this senseless evil of the massacre of those innocent children and educators at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.”

Mr. Lasher lives with his wife on Dodgingtown Road (Route 302) in Newtown and is the owner of the “Flag Trees” memorial.

In September of 2001 Mr. Lasher commissioned artist David Merrill to paint a tribute to his 10 dear friends that he lost that day.

Mr. Lasher said: “The American Flag Memorial is about the people who tragically lost their lives on 9/11 and also for all those men and women who have given their lives in defense of our great nation. Whether it is Iraq, Afghanistan and all the wars, The American Flag Memorial represents what they died for.”

Since the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy of 12/14/12, Mr. Lasher has seen a steady stream of mourners come to his flag trees to light candles, leave cards, flowers and pictures and pray for the families who lost loved ones way too soon due to the horrific events of that day.

“The pain and anguish shall be a part of me forever and ever,” Mr. Lasher said. He hopes that after the Town of Newtown takes down the memorials around town after the New Year that people will still come to his memorial to pray and grieve.

For more information about Mr. Lasher’s flag trees memorial, please click here.



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