Across the nation and here at home, Americans are taking a moment to reflect and remember the horrible events in Newtown, Conn., one year ago Saturday.
At 9:30 a.m. on December 14, 2012, a gunman shot his way into Sandy Hook Elementary…killing twenty children and six educators before turning his weapon on himself. The tragedy continues to reverberate in America to this day and has spurred countless efforts at keeping our children safe in schools
In Newtown, bells tolled 26 times to honor those killed, and in Washington D.C., President Obama observed a moment of silence at the White House. In his weekly radio address, the President said that the massacre at Sandy Hook will be remembered as a tragedy that inspired American to make communities safer.
"We have to do more to keep dangerous people from getting their hands on a gun so easily", the President said in his address. "We have to do more to heal troubled minds."
In the Twin Cities Saturday morning, over one hundred people gathered at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis to hold a vigil in the name of those killed. Organizers say they want to tell Newtown: "We stand with you in remembrance for those who were lost one year ago."
"My family, like too many families, has experienced the loss of gun violence," said Marit Brock of Mom's Demand Action. "But even with my own loss, it was Newtown that was my wake-up call. I saw those grieving families and looked into the eyes of my first-grader and I knew it was time for action. Enough is enough."
Other speakers at the "We Are Newtown" event included Connie Johnson, wife of St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, and Jane Kay of Mom's Demand Action-MN.