01 - 23 - 2013 Paterno vigil braves frigid temps for 1 yr. anniversary
STATE COLLEGE — At 6:30 pm. Tuesday, it was frigid outside. But that didn’t keep a couple hundred people from coming out for a vigil in Joe Paterno’s honor. Tuesday was the one-year anniversary of Paterno’s death and Melinda Wright, who organized the vigil, said she did it to remember a hero. Four hundred and nine candles were lit in bags in front of the Inspiration Mural. Those candles represented both the number of wins Paterno had as the Penn State football coach and the memories the Penn State community had of Paterno. Those memories were written on the bags encompassing the candles and later read out loud. Those stories were an expansion of the larger “Inspiration Way” project for a memorial brick walkway adjacent to the Inspiration Mural that encourages people to write a message about Paterno on a brick.