Remembering the Victims of Sandy Hook
From the Sandy Ground Project which strives to build 26 playgrounds, one to honor each victim, to the 26 people who biked from Newtown to Washington, D.C. for a rally in support of gun control legislation, we look at some spectacular stories of how those lost are being remembered.
National Cathedral, with the Newtown Foundation holds a vigil in memory of the Newtown shooting victims on December, 12, 2013 in Washington, DC. family members of gun victims hold candles in vigil during the closing hymn.
Carole King performs during the Washington National Cathedral's National Vigil for Victims of Gun Violence. The event was to mark the one year anniversary of the shooting.
The World Children's Choir performs during The National Vigil for Victims of Gun Violence in D.C. The vigil is in remembrance of victims of gun violence as the first anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
Newtown charities have raised $27 million since the shooting, according to NBC News. Thirty-six funds and charities have been set up since the tragedy. Many of the families have come together to set up mysandyhookfamily.org, a site for the families to share and communicate with the other families affected by the tragedy.
A green and white ribbon, the colors of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., is seen on the uniform of a Newtown High School Marching Band member after marching in the St. Patrick's Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2013 in New York. The band wore the ribbons in remembrance of the victims of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Lindsay Knauf takes a picture of a bus bearing some of the over 6,000 names of people killed by gun violence since the massacre in Newtown at a remembrance event on the six month anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. A a 26-second moment of silence was observed to honor the 20 children and six adults who were killed at the school. The event also included the reading of the names of over 6,000 people who have been killed by gun violence. The reading of names is expected to take 12 hours.
People gather during a ceremony on the six-month anniversary honoring the 20 children and six adults killed at Sandy Hook Elementary school at Edmond Town Hall in Newtown, Conn., Friday, June 14, 2013. Newtown held a moment of silence Friday for the victims of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School at a remembrance event that doubled as a call to action on gun control, with the reading of names of thousands of victims of gun violence.
Cecilia Floros, 10, of Newtown, attends a remembrance event on the six month anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School on June 14, 2013 in Newtown, Connecticut.
Players for the Boston Cannons wear decals on their helmets to remember people whose lives were changed at the Sandy Hook and Boston Bombing attacks during a Major League Lacrosse game against the New York Lizards at James M. Shuart Stadium on April 28, 2013 in Hempstead, New York.
Paul Rabil, number 99 on the Boston Cannons, walks onto the field with a young fan from Newtown, Connecticut before a game with the New York Lizards at Harvard Stadium on June 21, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts.
A memorial to victims of last year's Sandy Hook elementary school victims is seen in front of a house in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 13, 2013.
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden leads a meeting on extending access to mental health care at the White House with Katy Sherlach, Georgetown Graduate student, Bill Sherlach, founder of Mary's Fund and Newtown victim family member, and Jeremy Richman, founder and CEO of Avielle Foundation and Newtown victim family member, on December 10, 2013 in Washington, D.C. During the meeting Biden announced that an additional $100 million will be made available to bolster access to mental health services and improve mental health facilities across the nation.
Michele Gay, Josephine's mother, holding a specially made Bevin bell, checks out the newly unveiled sign dedicated to her daughter, Josephine, at the new playground opening ceremony, Dec. 11, 2013, in Bridgeport, Conn., the latest playground in the Sandy Ground project.
At an opening ceremony for the Sandy Ground Project playground in honor of Josephine Gay, children raced inside the tent-covered playground.
Nancy Hintze, of Newtown, Conn., slides down a slide with her baby as children watch at a dedication ceremony for Emilie's Shady Spot playground at Riverside Park in New London, Conn., November 17, 2013. The playground, dedicated and named for Emilie Parker, is the 14th of 26 to be built.
A fireworks display at sunset lit up the sky over Long Island Sound after the new playground opening ceremony, Dec. 11, 2013, in Bridgeport, Conn., the latest playground in the Sandy Ground Project.
Mark and Jackie Barden package rubber bracelets in memory of their slain son, Daniel Barden in Newtown, CT on May 23, 2013. Daniel was among the school children killed in Newtown last December. A family member suggested the rubber bracelets and a Facebook page be started to remember Daniel. The theme, 'What Would Daniel Do?' (WWDD) to inspire people to share their kindness with others, just like Daniel did.
Jillian Soto, left, and Carlee Soto, sisters of Newtown, Conn. shooting victim Victoria Soto, hold hands during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 13, 2013, with member of Congress and Newtown families on the six month anniversary of the Newtown shootings.
Violinists from the Mozart Academy, Queens College, and Manhattan, Diller Quaile, and Bloomingdale schools of music perform on stage during the Newtown Memorial Concert at Gerald W. Lynch Theatre on May 6, 2013 in New York City.
The Newtown Youth Choir perform the national anthem prior to a game between the New York Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium on July 7, 2013 in the Bronx borough of New York City.
Toronto Blue Jays players observe a moment of silence in honor of the shooting victims in Newtown, Connecticut before the start of MLB game action on Opening Day against the Cleveland Indians on April 2, 2013 at Rogers Centre in Canada.
Names of the victims from the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting scroll across the screen during a moment of silence before the game between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox during Opening Day on April 1, 2013 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.
Newtown volunteer firefighter Peter Barresi got a tattoo to remember the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. His son, Wyatt, is a first-grader at Sandy Hook School, and two boys in his Cub Scout Den were killed in the massacre. The tattoo will serve as a reminder to Barresi who said he never wants to forget what happened that horrible day.
A group of 26 riders biked from Newtown, CT to Washington, D.C. for a rally in support of gun control legislation. At a stop in College Park, MD they were joined by 3 riders from a team honoring the Virginia Tech shooting victims. Rider Wayne Prescott teaches at a high school near Newtown. He emerges from a support car after getting some dry provisions before continuing the ride.
Monte Frank, of Newtown, Connecticut, speaks at a press conference with Congress members from Connecticut and a group of 26 cyclists who rode from Newtown in support of common-sense solutions to gun violence on March 12, 2013 in Washington, D.C. Each member of the group of cyclists, which included two parents of children who attended Sandy Hook Elementary School, rode in honor of one of the 26 victims killed at the school on December 14, 2012.
James Maslow, Kendall Schmidt, Logan Henderson and Carlos Pena Jr. of Nickelodeon's Big Time Rush perform during their free concert for families on July 22, 2013 in Newtown, Connecticut.
Today, the president takes time to remember Newtown as well. He released this message to commemorate the anniversary:
How you can get involved: