Dec. 14 vigil to mark anniversary of Sandy Hook school shooting

To mark the first anniversary of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., the Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence will sponsor a gathering and candlelight vigil in downtown Boston on December 14.

Sandy HookSpeakers at "Boston Remembers Newtown" will include Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, state Representatives David Linsky and Tom Conroy, Middlesex County Sheriff  Peter Koutoujian and gun-control activists Tina Chery, Kim Odom, Cindy Diggs and John Rosenthal.

MTA President Paul Toner said the vigil serves as a reminder of the need to advance reasonable proposals to make schools safe, including increasing access to mental health services and preventing bullying, along with meaningful action to decrease gun violence. “Guns have no place in our schools,” he said.

Twenty young children and six school employees were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012. The gunman, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, also fatally shot his mother before the rampage. He took his own life immediately after the school killings.

The remembrance will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Parkman Bandstand on Boston Common, followed by a walk at 3:30 to First Church Boston, where a candlelight vigil and service will be held starting at 4. In case of inclement weather, the event will begin at First Church Boston, 66 Marlborough St., at 2 p.m.

Click here to register and here to volunteer at the event.