Permanent memorial design for limo victims unveiled

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The Amsterdam and Schoharie communities came together to eat, drink, and take part in an auction. All of the proceeds going towards a new, permanent memorial for the victims of the Schoharie limo crash . For the first time, the design of the memorial was unveiled to the public.

 “They did an awesome job,” said Donna Rivenburg, Amanda Rivenburg’s mother. “They worked very hard on it.”

The design was created by members of the Reflections Memorial Foundation. The family members of the victims had a say in what it would look like. 

The memorial will be located at the crash site in Schoharie. Not only will it pay tribute to the victims, but also to the emergency response agencies called to the scene. A lot of the memorial’s design is derived from Native American symbols.

There will also be a quote and stepping stones placed at the memorial, each imprinted with the victim’s shoe prints. One will be blank to represent everyone else who has been impacted by the crash.

“I love that they are gonna leave a blank stone for everyone,” said Jacob Zidich, a close friend of Matthew Coons. “And be able to sit on it, and talk to him.”

The Reflections Memorial Foundation is hoping that the memorial will be completed by the one year anniversary of the crash.

“I know they’re with us,” said Donna Rivenburg. ” I know that. I know Amanda’s here. And I know they are smiling down on us. As hard as it is, I know they are all here.”

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