December 14 marks the anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting that killed 20 young students and six teachers in 2012.
Now six years later, one local group is continuing to mourn and remember the lives that were lost.
The Tri-Cities chapter of “Moms Demand Action” is holding a memorial for the victims Thursday, December 13, at the Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church in Downtown Johnson City.
Everyone in the community is invited to come out to the ceremony that will take place at 7 p.m.
The non-partisan, gun violence prevention group is made up of moms who say they are working to enact “common sense gun laws” to try and stop the mass shootings that happen across our nation.
“I can’t believe that we are still dealing with this. I can’t believe that the 20 lives of first graders didn’t matter enough to our lawmakers to pass sensible gun laws,” says Moms Demand Action co-lead Jessica Joyner.
They say the focus of Thursday’s ceremony is to make sure that no one forgets the lives lost on December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut.
“We remember the victims, we remember the survivors, we want to focus on the ripples in the community and try to change that,” says Joyner.
The ceremony will also mourn those who have lost their lives to gun violence in the Tri-Cities.
Joyner says they will continue to remember the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting to this day, and always.
“Because we are mothers and mothers don’t forget their babies. My children go to preschool and it would rock my world. I don’t wanna think about it, but we have to think about these ugly things that can happen, and that do happen, across our country. Because it can happen here,” says Joyner.
Thursday’s event will have music and the reading of the victims’ names aloud. Multiple people will speak including local teachers, members of the school board and a local gun violence survivor.