Six years.

It has been six years since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. I mark this anniversary as I have previous anniversaries, by providing a link to a site that provides its own links to information about some of the children and adults murdered on Dec. 14, 2012.

This year, I add a link to Sandy HookPromise – an organization that works to educate students and educators about how to spot potential violence in schools, before it happens.

On the second link, you can learn more about the work being done by Sandy Hook Promise, and you can find out how to support them in their campaign to reduce gun violence in our schools.

On the first link, you can click on most of the 26 names to find out something more about their lives. (Some families ask that we respect their privacy. Please do so.) Each person can be honored individually, as well as they can all be honored as the group they became that December morning six years ago.

You can honor them by remembering them and speaking their names on this anniversary, or every day.

You can choose your own way to honor them.

A friend of mine – one of the brightest stars shining on Facebook – spent years dedicating acts of kindness, one a day each year, to each lost soul – in a deeply compassionate as well as active and practical display of love.

However you choose to honor these 26 individuals, please recognize the passing of

Allison
Ana
Anne Marie
Ariel
Benjamin
Caroline
Catherine
Charlotte
Chase
Daniel
Dawn
Dylan
Emilie
Grace
Jack
James
Jesse
Jessica
Josephine
Lauren
Madeleine
Mary
Noah
Olivia
Rachel
Victoria

Thank you.

Here are some previous posts about one of the women killed at Sandy Hook on Dec. 14, 2012.

It’s War

Alyssa Alhadeff, 14 – student.

Scott Beigel, 35 – geography teacher.

Martin Duque Anguiano, 14 – student.

Nicholas Dworet, 17 – student (senior).

Aaron Feis, 37 – assistant football coach.

Jaime Guttenberg, 14 – student.

Chris Hixon, 49 – the school’s athletic director and a Naval Reservist, with one tour in Iraq.

Luke Hoyer, 15 – student.

Cara Loughran, 14 – student.

Gina Montalto, 14 – student.

Joaquin Oliver, 17 – student.

Alaina Petty, 14 – student.

Meadow Pollack, 18 – student, accepted to college.

Helena Ramsay, 17 – student.

Alex Schachter, 14 – student.

Carmen Schentrup, 16 – student, and a National Merit Scholar semifinalist.

Peter Wang, 15 – student, and a member of the JROTC program.

[Credit to CNN]

“I Shall Imagine Life”

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By E.E. Cummings

Presented in honor of the 34th birthday of Lauren Gabrielle Rousseau

I shall imagine life
is not worth dying, if
(and when) roses complain
their beauties are in vain

but though mankind persuades
itself that every weed’s
a rose, roses (you feel
certain) will only smile

~

Lauren’s story is so much more than the story of her passing – and yet a Google search will find mostly the story of her passing. We can overcome that. Today is June 8, 2016 – the day Lauren Rousseau would turn 34. Spend some time with her story and with her family. Learn something about Lauren’s life. Your understanding of her will become a part of her legacy.

Continue reading ““I Shall Imagine Life””

Meet Lauren Rousseau

These are links to stories and commentary about Lauren Gabrielle Rousseau, of Danbury, a teacher who died Dec. 14, 2012, at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.

From Lauren’s mother, a year after the tragedy.

A year of grief and gratitude

Commentary, which includes a poem by Lauren’s sister, Emily.
From Emily

From The Hartford Courant, Dec. 31, 2012.
“It Could Have Been …”

A photo of her memorial service in Danbury.
First Congregational Church

A story about her memorial service (with photographs).
“An Angel …”

From The News-Times of Danbury, Conn.
“The Best Year …”