BATAVIA – Friends of the Peace Garden near downtown will have a memorial to the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn., for the remainder of the holiday season. Pink ribbons will adorn the trees, and a memorial to the tragedy will be placed in a glass-covered kiosk in the garden, a sliver of parkland between West Main Street and Tonawanda Creek.

“People feel helpless and a terrible sadness and need a place to go to express their feelings,” said Barbara Toal, who supervises the year-old garden. The site was dedicated earlier this year and is marked with a large metal globe and flags of the U.S., Canada and a dozen other nations.