Sam's father, William Reynolds, said he thought his daughter would feel the same way.
"She's be overwhelmed, as we all are," he said. "But she'd have some smart remark about it. Typical Sam."
Tracy Reynolds said she hoped the bench would serve as a gathering place for Sam's friends.
"I hope this will help them," she said. "I still talk to a lot of them all the time. That's made it easier for me. I hope they can come here and remember Sam."
Tracy Reynolds also hoped the memorial would help her to deal with her little girl's death.
"I suffer every day," she said. "They say it gets easier, but sometimes I think it gets harder. I hope things like this will make it better."