We are becoming a nation of tragic anniversaries. And another is fast approaching.
One year after 26 school children and school staff members were gunned down by a deranged young man in Newtown, CT., residents will gather at Morristown’s Episcopal Church of the Redeemer to reflect on efforts to curb gun violence in the United States.
Victims of gun violence and elected officials are scheduled to speak at the ceremony, on Dec. 14, 2013, at 4 pm.
Below are details from the church.
“Every Town is Newtown” Event Will Honor Victims
On Saturday, December 14, 2013, at 4 p.m., a group of concerned citizens will gather at Church of the Redeemer, 36 South Street, Morristown, to commemorate the lives lost to gun violence at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut one year ago, and to renew their commitment to preventing such acts.
The event will begin with a candlelight vigil to honor the victims of the shooting, and will be followed by speakers such as Tremaine and Phillip Guzman, parents who have lost a son to gun violence, and Assemblyman John F. McKeon (D-27th Legislative District).
“Every Town is Newtown” will be open to the public. Those who support gun control initiatives or wish to honor lives lost to gun violence in Newtown or elsewhere are encouraged to attend.
In response to the Newtown shootings on December 14, 2012, President Obama vowed to do everything in his power to curb gun violence. However, as the President has repeatedly emphasized, the assistance of Congress is necessary to achieve meaningful reform. Many of New Jersey’s elected officials – including Senator Menendez, Senator Booker, and Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. – have publicly committed to efforts to address our country’s problem with gun violence.
The Church of the Redeemer is a Christian Liberation Community in the Episcopal tradition. Our mission is to seek God’s justice and wholeness for this earth and all its inhabitants.