Mayor Harry Rilling along with local firefighters, police officers, and clergy members stood in solidarity around a Christmas tree planted outside St. Paul's on the Green Church Saturday morning for a moment of silence to honor victims of the Newtown Tragedy.
It's been exactly a year since 28 lives were lost in the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, including the gunman and his mother. To honor the mayor's wishes, the church's bells rang 28 times in recognition of each victim.
"They're happening with greater frequency now than ever before," said Rilling. "And it's so frightening to think about the horrors that can happen and the violence that can happen."
"We planted this tree specifically this year, just a couple of weeks ago in recognition of this one year anniversary coming up," said church staff member Anne Watkins. "And we hung ornaments with the names of the victims on it."
Rilling says citizens of Norwalk can continue to learn from the tragedy which hit so close to home.
"We need to intervene early," said Rilling. "And try to get help for the people who would do these things and again remember today by acts of kindness and donations and go home and hug your kids and hug your family members and your loved ones and just pray that this never happens here or anywhere else again."
"Forgiveness is a part of curbing violence in our society," Watkins said. "And that we as people of faith are called upon to practice forgiveness as best we can."