Hundreds gathered at a wooded area just outside Orlando on Tuesday for a memorial in remembrance of Caylee Anthony. Today would have been her 6th birthday. Many locals came wearing purple, Caylee's favorite color, as the event began at 6 p.m.
Among the attendees who came to honor Caylee were her grandparents, George and Cindy Anthony, holding a cluster of purple balloons.
Bring Kids Home, a charity for missing and abused children, organized the memorial in hopes of establishing this site as a permanent spot to remember Caylee.
Eddie DelValle, Florida director of Bring Kids Home, said the memorial will include a path that will lead visitors into the woods to a light-projected halo that marks the spot where Caylee's skeleton was discovered.
"Mostly tourist families come here. I've met people from Germany, Canada and Orlando. Some you see, they break down at the site," DelValle told Reuters.
To remember Caylee and other missing kids, organizers of the memorial will sell bricks for visitors to purchase and inscribe messages for a roadside wall marker. Brick sales will help pay for the expected $200,000 cost of the project, according to Bring Kids Home.
Supporters said it is crucial to build this memorial, as dozens of people come to the site in Suburban Drive daily to pay their respects to Caylee.
Last month, Caylee's mother, Casey Anthony, was acquitted of killing her then 2-year-old daughter after a nationally televised trial. The toddler's remains were found at the site months after she went missing in 2008. Casey Anthony did not attend the memorial.