Illinois man, who gave him tens of thousands of wooden crosses for the victims of the tragedy that is going to be retired

to connectVideoIllinois husband will be traveling to El Paso, to lay crosses for the shooting victims

Greg Zanis is hoping that his actions will change the conversation in the direction of the families who have lost loved ones in the horrific mass shooting at the El Paso Walmart.

An Illinois man who has become a fixture in the wake of the many tragedies when he began to all over the country, and for making a wooden cross for more than two decades ago to honor the memory of the people who have been put to death to retire, his daughter said on Thursday.

In a Facebook post, Susie, Zanis, said her father, Greg Zanis, it will be no longer on the cross, with reference to the financial and emotional toll it took on his family.

“My dad, Greg Zanis, will not give up his ministry Crosses For Losses. He will be retiring,” she wrote. “He has asked me to thank everyone for their support.”

Zanis began to take the cross, after his father-in-law was murdered in 1996. He has more than 27, 000 remembrance for those who have been killed. He has been honored the victims of Chicago’s gun violence, mass shootings, hurricanes, fires and other natural disasters.

Carpenter Greg Zanis puts a wooden cross in memory of the death of one of the “Camp fire in the garden of eden, at the entrance to the village along the main road. Zanis made a wooden cross in memory of the deaths resulting from mass shootings and other incidents. Photo: Barbara Munker/ap (Photo by Barbara Munker/picture-alliance, via Getty Images)

Susie, Zanis said of her father’s job had “a huge toll on our family, miss my father and worry about him while he was away at the financial burden on the family.”

Greg Zanis, most recently traveled to El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, in the summer, to the honour of those killed in separate mass shootings that occurred hours apart in August and September.

“I just feel it’s so important to be here for the families,” Greg Zanis, told Fox News in El Paso on the day after a gunman killed 22 people in a Walmart. “We have to talk about the shooter, but now it’s going to change — we’re going to talk about the families of the victims.”


Susie, Zanis said of her father, will be directed towards paying off the debt he has through the years while he was working.

“He has funded part of it, but he has his own money to continue its ministry,” she wrote. “I’m very, very proud of him for following his heart, but I’m proud of him for realizing it’s time for him to take a break and focus on themselves.”

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