The Town of Fairfield and the Fairfield Clergy Association have invited the public to attend a one-year observance of the anniversary of the tragedy that occurred last December in Sandy Hook.
The public observance will be held on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 4 p.m. at the Town Green, located in front of the Old Town Hall, 611 Old Post Road.
In addition to keynote speakers, who include Police Chief Gary MacNamara and members of the clergy, there will be three designated areas on the Town Green that will be dedicated to those who lost their lives in Sandy Hook, those who have died in acts of violence here in the United States, and victims of violence in other parts of the world.
Candles and glow sticks will be placed at each of these areas, along with prayers. Brief readings and music will accompany each designated area of remembrance and resolve.
“When we gather on the fifteenth, we will not only remember the names of those who were lost in Newtown, but will also look ahead to how we can continue to stand against violence in all forms—in our town, our country, and the world,” said Reverend Dr. Matthew Calkins, of St. Timothy’s Church.
“As a community, we stand in solidarity with our neighbors in Newtown who continue to grieve and to heal,” said Selectman Cristin McCarthy Vahey, a member of the observance planning committee.
Following the 4 p.m. observance, an indoor reception will be held at First Church Congregational, which is located across from the Old Town Hall. Members of the community will be encouraged to write or draw their own thoughts or prayers at the Church.