WAUKESHA, Wisc. — Monday marked the one-year anniversary since the attack on the Waukesha Christmas parade that killed six people and injured dozens more.
It was a somber day as hundreds gathered in Cutler Park Monday evening to honor and remember the six lives lost during the attack.
“As we stand here, we are different people than one year ago, we have lived through horror and trauma,” said Waukesha Mayor Shawn Reilly. “However, we have not — and will not — let evil define us.”
The ceremony began at 4:39 p.m., the exact time the attack began when a man drove his SUV into the parade last year.
At the end of the ceremony, blue light bulbs were passed out and Reilly asked the community to ‘turn the city blue’ with blue lights outside their homes and businesses. He also asked flags to be flown at half-staff across Wisconsin.
The man behind the wheel of the SUV was sentenced last week to life in prison without parole six times over.