It is hard not to notice John Lacouture's house around the holidays. It is the brightest one on Roosevelt Avenue in Pascoag.
However, his spirit dimmed with the nation's Friday, when he heard the news that 20 children and 6 adults were shot to death in Newtown.
"I was devastated," Lacouture said. "I didn't - there are no words."
Like so many, Lacouture is still trying to comprehend the tragedy, so he did the only thing that made sense to him, he mad a tribute with his lights.
"I had to do something better, so lit up the flag pole with 26 lights so that we all remember."
The flag pole that has stood in his yard for years is now decked with 26 lights for the 26 lives that were lost at Sandy Hook Elementary. With each funeral held, Lacouture ties a ribbon around the bulb with a name on it.
He tied two ribbons Monday night. Knowing he still has 24 more to go, just makes it all the more real for one man on his front yard.
"We all came out and we look at the top of the pole and all of us had tears," Lacouture said.
Lacouture says the pole and the lights will stay up long after the holidays pass. Eventually, he would like to donate and send it to the people of Newtown.