Events commemorating the fourth anniversary of the tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, will be held across the country. In Bangor a candlelight vigil will take place on Wednesday, December 14th, at 5:15 PM, in Pierce Park (adjacent to the Bangor Public Library). Candles will be lit to remember not only the victims and families of the Sandy Hook shooting but also all those who have been traumatized by the ongoing epidemic of gun violence in America since that tragic day. The theme of this vigil, sponsored by the Northern Maine Chapter of the Maine Gun Safety Coalition, is We Remember.
So far this year over 50,000 individuals in the United States have been victimized by gun violence according to the Gun Violence Archive. 605 children between the ages of 0-11 have been killed or injured by a firearm. Add to that family members and friends and you have a large segment of our population traumatized by gun violence every year.
Those wishing to attend the Bangor vigil are asked to bring a candle and a toy/gift to donate as a gesture of hope that citizens can make a difference if they come together to take sensible steps to reduce the toll taken by gun violence. A silent vigil will be held for 15 minutes and then a remembrance will be offered. The toys will be donated to the Spruce Run-Womancare Alliance which will distribute them to families that have been touched by violence. Inclement weather—except for a blizzard making driving unsafe—will not cause the event to be canceled. For more information, contact Coordinator Mary Anne Royal at firstname.lastname@example.org.