To some people, it might feel like this event happened yesterday. The Sandy Hook shooting on December 14, 2012, remains among America's most horrendous nightmares — the deaths of 20 children and six adults.
In Newtown, Connecticut, Governor Dan Mallory has ordered the flags be waved at half-staff statewide in remembrance of all the lives lost. Many churches have held morning masses and met with grieving families and friends of the victims. The churches plan to ring the bells at 9:30 a.m. ET, which was the time of the shooting.
The Newton Congregational Church opened early this morning welcoming anyone in need of prayer, music, support, or just silence. This evening there will be two memorial services for anyone who would like to attend.
Many friends and relatives of these victims have dedicated their time and efforts to charities and other programs.
Rebecca Kowalski's 7-year-old son, Chase, lost his life that day. She decided to start a youth triathlon program called "Race4Chase."
“You have two choices,” Kowalski told the Associated Press. “I could be in the bottom of a bottle; I could not get out of my bed. Or, I could do what’s making us heal a little bit every day.”
The 12 girls, eight boys, and six women will always be remembered. Please pray and hope that every single one of these individuals are in the presence of God, and that their families can find peace and strength in Christ:
Charlotte Bacon, 6; Daniel Barden, 7; Rachel D'Avino, 29; Olivia Engel, 6; Josephine Gay, 7; Dylan Hockley, 6; Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, 47; Madeleine Hsu, 6; Catherine Hubbard, 6; Chase Kowalski, 7; Jesse Lewis, 6; Ana Marquez-Greene, 6; James Mattioli, 6; Grace McDonnell, 7; Anne Marie Murphy, 52; Emilie Parker, 6; Jack Pinto, 6; Noah Pozner, 6; Caroline Previdi, 6; Jessica Rekos, 6; Avielle Richman, 6; Lauren Rousseau, 30; Mary Sherlach, 56; Victoria Soto, 27; Benjamin Wheeler, 6; Allison Wyatt, 6.
Please continue to pray for these victim's loved ones and others who have died in mass shootings or other violent crimes. Please share this article in remembrance of today and forever.
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