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Newtown Memorial Day benefit concert

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People in the North Country remembered the victims of the Newtown school shooting through music. A benefit concert was held in Watertown to help support the victims and their families. YNN's Carmella Mataloni shows us how it brought the community together.

WATERTOWN, N.Y. -- Their names were Dylan, Katherine and Emily, just a few of the 20 children killed on that tragic December morning.

Sunday people in Watertown gathered for a memorial benefit concert - one that would celebrate their lives and raise money for their cause.

"It really drives home again the issues of how precious life is and how quickly times can change, sometimes for the worst," said Watertown Mayor Jeff Graham.

The city's mayor declared it Newtown Memorial Day. The concert brought more than 20 bands, hundreds of adults and their children to come and show their support. One little boy even brought everything he had in his piggy bank to donate to the families.

"When that happened it was a really awful, awful thing and it felt like you wanted to do something. There wasn't much we could do, well, this allows us that chance," said Lisa Forshaw, Nick of Time singer.

"It's wonderful. You know these people could have been somewhere else, making money or doing you know, something totally different and they are donating their time and energy to a good cause," said Ogdensburg resident, Ann Johnson.

People participated in raffles, face painting and much more. All the proceeds from the event will be donated to the Newtown Memorial Fund.

People here at the benefit say that this is something they needed to do, to show the families they are still thinking of them.

"That community needs to know that, the whole United States is behind them and it really broke everybody's hearts," said Forshaw. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP