City removes Christmas parade memorial

Crews have dismantled the temporary memorial for the victims of the Waukesha parade attack.

The community set up the memorial at Veterans Park to remember the six people who were killed — and more than 60 others hurt — when a red SUV drove through the Christmas parade last month.

On Wednesday, crews made quick work of removing the hundreds of items placed there in the weeks following the parade tragedy.

"A temporary memorial needs an ending, and that’s what we decided that the week between Christmas and New Year’s was a good time to decommission this memorial," Waukesha Mayor Shawn Reilly said.

They are taking the items to the Waukesha County Historical Society, where they will evaluate and preserve what they can for any possible tributes in the future.

This makeshift memorial was always meant to be temporary, but it had become a gathering place to honor the six lives lost and the dozens hurt.

The Waukesha Common Council will meet next month to form a commission to decide on plans for a permanent memorial.