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Ribbon cutting held for playground honoring Sandy Hook victim

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An emotional playground dedication was held Sunday morning for one the victims of the Sandy Hook school shooting.

Family, friends, emergency personnel and volunteers came to remember the life of 6-year-old Emilie Parker.

Emilie was one of 20 first-graders killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14. Six adults were also shot and killed inside the building before the gunman killed himself.

The New Jersey Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association is building 26 playgrounds in the Tri-State Area, one for each of the victims.

The playgrounds are being built as part of the Sandy Ground Project: Where Angels Play and will all be in areas devastated by Superstorm Sandy.

The goal of the project is to "rebuild coastal communities damaged by Super Storm Sandy and simultaneously honor the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy."

A new hot pink and light blue playground now sits inRiverside park in New London in memory of Emilie.

For Emilie, this playground is all about who she was. Emilie was a little girl who loved pink and blue, as well as drawing, which is why her artwork was displayed throughout the structure. Emilie also loved butterflies.

"It's an amazing experience to see you all here," said Emilie's father, Robbie Parker. "There are a lot of people here that we know and so many that we don't know."

The playground features a cement memorial with the saying, "For you with love, Emilie." The handprints are from Emilie's parents and two siblings.

"Coming to support us and to support this project is probably one of the most touching things I've ever been a part of," Robbie Parker said.

A total of 14 playgrounds, including ones in Westport, Ansonia and Stratford, have been dedicated.

The next dedication will be on Dec. 11 at Seaside Park in Bridgeport for Josephine Gay.

On Nov. 25, the state's attorney's investigation report of the Sandy Hook tragedy will be released to the public. The victims' families were able to review a draft of that report earlier this week.

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