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Newtown's 15 Minutes of Silence to Mark Sandy Hook Anniversary

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By    |   Monday, 12 Dec 2016 09:45 AM

Newtown will observe 15 minutes of silence on Wednesday to mark the fourth anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting massacre.

Employees of the Connecticut town have been asked to refrain from working from 9:30 to 9:45 a.m., reported The Associated Press. The town also will lower its flags to half-staff.

"It is our mutual commitment that this event will never be forgotten and that we will honor those lost children and educators each and every year," said a memo to town employees.

Twenty students and six adults were shot to death at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012, in one of the worst school shootings in U.S. history, noted CNN. The shooter, Adam Lanza, killed himself at the scene.

Newtown's school superintendent, Joseph Eradi, invited parents to find a "private space for personal reflection," on the anniversary, saying that the "heart of the observance should be teaching and learning," said the Connecticut Post.

Newtown's Interfaith Clergy Association also plans to head up a private prayer service with staff before class, and then host an evening remembrance service at Trinity Episcopal Church, noted the Post.

"There has been a detailed review of how the anniversary was handled last year as 12/14/15 was the first year school was in session," Eradi wrote, noted the Post. "We will look to hold a very similar day as to what was established last December."

A new Sandy Hook Elementary School building opened in August after the old building was torn down after the shooting, reported the Hartford Courant.

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