National Cathedral honors Sandy Hook victims with memorial

All Christmas Day and into the night crowds came to the National Cathedral to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

But amid all the joy, workers at the Cathedral say they know some are grieving instead of celebrating; they wanted to send a gesture of support.

To the right of the Cathedral's large main sanctuary, tucked away in a corner, sits the Children's Chapel, where Tuesday 20 small angels stood on the altar.

Each one is in honor of one of the young victims of the Dec. 14 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

"We all felt that it was a fitting and gentle reminder of the tragedy that happened," said Jennifer Lee-Thorpe, a volunteer with the Cathedral's Flower Guild who helped make the angels.

Some of the people who visited the chapel on Christmas were moved to tears by the simple yet powerful display.

"This is the best representation they could possibly give," said Northwest Washington resident Peggy Fuller.

Fuller says she hopes families of the victims in Conn. realize that the country is thinking about them and praying for them.

"I hope it warms their heart to know that other people really care," she said.

Veronica Gray visited the chapel while on her honeymoon. She didn't know the Cathedral had created a memorial to the children who died, but she says the moment she saw the angels she realized why they were there. She says she was moved.

"Now they're with the Lord,” she said of the children. “They're in a safe place; they don't have to deal with that anymore."

The Cathedral plans to display the angels in the Children’s Chapel until January 6.