Fairfield Officials, Clergy Gather Sunday For Sandy Hook Observance

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The Town of Fairfield and the Fairfield Clergy Association is inviting the public for the one-year-observance of the Sandy Hook, Newtown tragedy. Photo Credit: Courtesy Fairfield First Congregational Church

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- The Town of Fairfield and the Fairfield Clergy Association is inviting the public for the one-year-observance of the Sandy Hook tragedy. 

The observance is set for 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at the Town Green in front of the Old Town Hall on 611 Old Post Road in Fairfield. The town is partnering with the Fairfield Clergy Association to "provide the Fairfield community with an opportunity to come together to remember those who lost their lives in Newtown last December, as well as all victims of violence in the United States and around the world," representatives said. 

Keynote speakers include Police Chief Gary MacNamara and members of the clergy.

There will be three designated areas on the Town Green that will be dedicated to those who lost their lives in Sandy Hook, those who have died in acts of violence in the United States and victims of violence in other parts of the world, representatives said. Candles and glow sticks will be placed at each of the areas. Brief readings and music will accompany each designated area of remembrance and resolve.

The Rev. Dr. Matthew Calkins, of St. Timothy’s Church in Fairfield, who is serving as the coordinator of this observance, encourages all members of the community to join together in remembrance.

"When we gather on the 15th the names of those who were lost in Newtown, but will also look ahead to how we can continue to stand against violence in all forms—in our town, our country, and the world," Calkins said. 

Selectman Cristin McCarthy Vahey, a member of the observance planning committee, said “as a community, we stand in solidarity with our neighbors in Newtown who continue to grieve and to heal.”

An indoor reception will follow at First Church Congregational.

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