WAUSAU - People in the Wausau area will never forgot March 22, 2017.
Four people died in a shooting that still has a major impact on the community.
On Wednesday, the victim's loved ones unveiled a new memorial in Kennedy Park dedicated to their lives.
It stands as a reminder of the tragic events that happened and as a symbol for the strength of the community.
"This is what Wausau does when times are tough," said Wausau Metro Strong member Cassandra Ambrosius. "We get together and rally behind each other and really make a difference."
Ambrosius organized the Run to Remember fundraiser, which made the memorial possible.
She was pleased to see such a large turnout.
"It's amazing to see so many people from so many walks of life here today to come together to see this become a reality," said Ambrosius. "I think it's a nice place people can come; we'll have some benches eventually. They can sit and reflect, or read, or just be and think about those four people and the impact they had."
Wausau Metro Strong formed after the 2017 shooting.
Former chief of police Jeffery Hardel started the group after outreach from community members looking to get involved.
"We didn't know what we could accomplish, but we knew that we wanted to make a difference. That's how Wausau Metro Strong started and we've been meeting monthly ever since," said Hardel.
Hardel says it took a lot of moving parts to make this memorial a reality.
From raising the money to finding a location, and leaning on the community for support.
"I feel very good right now knowing all our efforts came to fruition and we have a memorial that will honor those four victims forever," said Hardel.