'Our lives have been forever changed': Waukesha commemorates parade tragedy, one year later

  • Source: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee
  • Published: 11/21/2022 11:05 PM

On Monday, Nov. 21, hundreds of people in Waukesha continued the healing process on the one-year anniversary of the 2021 Christmas parade attack. A moment of silence and remembrance ceremony was held at Cutler Park. The ceremony started at precisely 4:39 in the evening, the exact time the Waukesha community was changed forever one year ago. City and state leaders looked back on the pain of that difficult day, but also looked to the present and future as the community continues to heal. Fr. Patrick Heppe of Catholic Community of Waukesha was injured in the parade attack. He told the crowd Monday, "This is not an easy thing to overcome." And yet Waukesha kept at it. It's been one year since Jane Kulich, Leanna Owen, Tamara Durand, Virginia Sorenson, Wilhelm Hospel, and Jackson Sparks were killed. Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers told the crowd, "Their memories will live on through the unity, love, and light that this community shares."


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