Bells toll to recall anniversary of NewtownReuters
December 14. 2013 7:40PM
One of the 6-year-olds was so sweet his teacher said he should have come to school wrapped in a bow. Another loved princess tea parties, Justin Bieber and trips to New York. Still another, who rode horses, was hoping for a cowgirl hat for Christmas.
One year later, the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., still evokes raw emotion and sadness. On Saturday, a day after another school shooting, this time at a Colorado high school where two students were wounded, people paused to remember the tragedy.
On Dec. 14, 2012, Adam Lanza, 20, shot his way into the school and murdered 20 first-graders and six adults. Before heading to the school, he killed his mother.
Newtown officials say the town wanted to be left alone on the anniversary. Some of the victims' families have encouraged people to mark the day by performing an act of kindness in their own communities.
At the White House, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama observed a moment of silence after lighting 26 candles to honor those lost at the school.
In Newtown, at the Washington National Cathedral in the nation's capital and elsewhere around the country, bells tolled in remembrance of those who died.
Some of the bells were rung by advocates of stricter gun control who see Newtown as a rallying call for action and refuse to let up despite setbacks.