NEWTOWN, Conn. (WTNH) — Monday marks eight years since 20 children and six adults were killed in the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.
Governor Ned Lamont is directing all flags to fly at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Monday in remembrance of the victims.
The Newtown Action Alliance virtually held its eighth annual National Vigil paying tribute to the victims of gun violence.
The nonprofit organization was created in the wake of the tragedy in Newtown. Its mission is to push for common-sense gun safety legislation.
Congresswoman Jahana Hayes (CT-05) – who was a teacher in the CT public school system for more than 15 years and was recognized in 2016 as the National Teacher of the Year – released a statement Monday on the eighth remembrance of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
“Eight years removed, the pain and scars of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting have never left us. Today, we take time to pause and remember the 20 innocent children and 6 selfless educators whose lives were taken that day. As a mother and educator, I cannot imagine losing my children, a student, or a colleague in such a way. Those parents, siblings, and family members, who lost a loved one remind me to persevere and keep faith. Today we honor, remember and reflect – tomorrow we get back to work ensuring our schools and communities remain safe. My heart is with the Newtown community, today and every day. We are Connecticut strong.”
Rep. Hayes sits on the Committees on Education & Labor and Agriculture.