Remember Newtown will host vigils to be held around Windham County on Saturday, Dec. 14. Community members will hold vigils to remember the 20 children and six adults murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The vigils are part of a statewide day of remembrance in which 20-plus towns in Vermont will hold vigils to honor the victims.
Vigil participants will gather to read the "Sandy Hook Promise" (a pledge for people of all political perspectives to work together to reduce the causes and incidences of gun violence in the United States); read the names of those killed; and stand together in silent remembrance. These Vigils of Remembrance are being organized for Gun Sense VT and other concerned citizens. Gun Sense is a grassroots organization focused on working to keep guns out of the wrong hand. All are welcome and encouraged to participate.
In Brattleboro: Pliny Park at 9:30 a.m., at the corner of High and Main street. The group will origami-fold white paper cranes to represent the victims and will hang these birds on the Christmas tree in the park. Ann Braden will also speak briefly. Contact: Kevin O'Keefe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Guilford: At the Guilford Community Church, time will be announced, contact Lisa Sparrow at email@example.com.
In Newfane: On the Common in front of the Newfane Congregational Church at 1:30 p.m. Contact Rob Hamm at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Putney: At Putney Friends Meeting House at 7 p.m. If the weather is inclement, the gathering will be held indoors at the meeting house. Contact Mike Mrowicki at email@example.com.
In Dummerston: At 9:30 a.m. at the Dummerston Congregational Church, 1535 Middle Road, Dummerston Center. Contact: Susanna Griefen at firstname.lastname@example.org.