Dec. 14, 2013 marks the tragic one year anniversary of the Newtown, Conn. shootings, when gunman Adam Lanza broke into Sandy Hook Elementary School and shot and killed six school staffers and 20 first graders.
Newtown officials have asked the media to stay away and respect the citizens of Newtown’s privacy as the town plans to commemorate the lives lost on Dec. 14, 2012 “with private memorial services and the ringing of bells for the victims,” according to ABC News.
Connecticut's governor has asked for houses of worship around the state Saturday to ring their bells 26 times — once for each of the 20 children and six educators gunned down inside the school on Dec. 14, 2012.
Commemorative vigils will also be held throughout the nation today in remembrance of the Newtown victims.
A moment of silence was held at the White House today. The Obamas also lit candles in remembrance of those who lost their lives.
Earlier this week, some of the Sandy Hook victim’s families renewed the call for stricter gun control measures. On Dec. 12 in Washington, D.C., families of the Sandy Hook victims marked the one year anniversary at a National Vigil for Victims of Gun Violence at the Washington National Cathedral.
Newtown citizens are also promoting the idea that people throughout the country “find ways to give back to their own communities.”
"In this way, we hope that some small measure of good may be returned to the world," JoAnn Bacon, whose 6-year-old daughter, Charlotte, was killed at Sandy Hook.
Above all else today, the people of Newtown want to remember and pay homage to all those lost lives, but want to do so in private.
"We are trying to respect the world's interest in us, but we also have a real need in our community to gain a foothold," First Selectman Pat Llodra said.
In an ironic but non-related shooting, 18-year-old shooter and lone gunman Karl Halverson Pierson, walked into his high school in Centennial, Colo. on Dec. 13, 2013 – one day before the one year anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre – and shot and seriously wounded a 15-year-old schoolmate before shooting and killing himself.
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- Autopsy: Adam Lanza’s mom shot 4 times in the head
- Little girl survives Adam Lanza’s bullets by ‘playing dead’
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