Words are no longer sufficient to describe the extent of the atrocity of what happened in Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown, Connecticut on the 14th of December, 2012. I can hear in my head the laughter of children, children aged 6 - 7 years old. And then there is screaming and crying. I can see in my head, the children being shot. I can see in my head, the brave school staff giving up their lives to protect the children. In the end, 20 innocent children and 6 brave adults died. Children less than 10 years old, who had a whole journey of life in front of them; birthdays, Christmas, presents, hugs and kisses from their parents, getting tucked into bed, growing up, getting a job, having kids of their own, and growing old. All of that is now gone. The actions of the 6 heroic teaching staff will never be forgotten, they placed their lives in direct danger to protect their students, which resulted in their deaths.
As I was designing the little memorial, and writing this, I was all the while disheartened, and at times, on the verge of tears. Look at their smiling and bright faces, full of life and happiness, but now no longer smiling, no longer with life... We can only pray for the fallen now, and for their grieving families. I do not know any of these people, but I weep with them. The angels and saints in Heaven, Our Lord Jesus and Our Blessed Mother Mary, all weep for the fallen.
I can only offer my very sincere prayers, and this little memorial. I pray that the Lord will offer consolation to the grieving families and friends. I pray that the 20 children and the 6 adults are now in Heaven with Our Lord. I can hear in my head the laughter of the children again, and see the smiles of the school staff, with Our Lord Jesus Christ smiling at them, and holding them close.
Even though I do not know any of them, I still grieve for them along with their families and friends whom they have unintentionally left behind, especially the children. No one deserves this. My sadness and emotions may fade away to nothingness over time, but my prayers and their intentions will never die. If the day comes when I no longer feel sad, it isn't because I have changed my reaction to what happened, but it's because I'm only human, and sadly, there are more things to grieve about in the future. I will never forget them, however. God bless them all and God grant consolation and peace to their grieving families and friends.
Requiescant in pace, sweet little ones, and the big ones too. Enjoy your eternity with Our Lord Jesus, and know that your loved ones will be looked after. We will never forget you.
Charlotte Bacon, 6
Daniel Barden, 7
Olivia Engel, 6
Josephine Gay, 7
Dylan Hockley, 6
Madeleine Hsu, 6
Catherine Hubbard, 6
Chase Kowalski, 7
Jesse Lewis, 6
Ana Marquez-Greene, 6
James Mattioli, 6
Grace McDonnell, 6
Emilie Parker, 6
Jack Pinto, 6
Noah Pozner, 6
Caroline Previdi, 6
Jessica Rekos, 6
Avielle Richman, 6
Benjamin Wheeler, 6
Allison Wyatt, 6
Rachel D'Avino, 29, teacher's aide
Dawn Hochsprung, 47, principal
Anne Marie Murphy, 52, teacher's aide
Lauren Rousseau, 30, teacher
Mary Sherlach, 56, school psychologist
Victoria Leigh Soto, 27, teacher
Nancy Lanza, 52, gunman's mother (first victim)
Adam Lanza, 20, gunman (suicide)