FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2012 file photo, stuffed animals and a sign calling for prayer sit at the base of a tree near the Newtown VIllage Cemetery in Newtown, Conn., after 26 people were shot to death at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Newtown officials and families of those killed have given away 63,790 stuffed animals and thousands of other gifts that poured into the town in the weeks following the massacre. The final boxes of toys and school supplies were shipped out of the warehouse on March 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
Saturday marks one year since the the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. Today, a local group will hold a vigil in Washington, D.C. to remember victims of gun violence.
The Newtown Foundation and the Washington National Cathedral will hold a vigil.
“Our community is committed to transforming our tragedy through actions rooted in love, compassion, and service to others. Newtown has respectfully asked the media not to visit or to contact our community during this difficult time. As such, we are grateful for the opportunity to memorialize all of our loved ones at such a historical and majestic location in our nation’s capital,” David Ackert, chairman of the Newtown Foundation, said in a statement.
On December 14, 26 students and teachers were killed in a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
“The faith community has spoken with one voice over the past months demanding action to improve gun safety and reduce the number of gun deaths in our schools, on our streets, and in our workplaces,” said the Very Rev. Gary Hall, dean of the Cathedral. “Washington National Cathedral is honored to be the venue for this anniversary vigil, and we pledge to continue offering our prayers, support, and advocacy for all victims of gun violence and their families.”
The vigil will be held from 3:45 p.m. to 5 p.m.