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Moment of Silence, Flags at Half Staff for Sandy Hook Shooting Victims on Anniversary

Twenty first-graders and six educators were killed on the Dec. 14, 2012 tragedy after a gunman opened fire at the school

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What to Know

  • Friday marks the 6th anniversary of the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, which killed 20 students and six educators.
  • Flags will be at half-staff and a moment of silence will take place in Connecticut in honor of the victims.
  • In commemoration of the tragedy, Boston is holding a gun buyback event in several locations on Saturday.

Moments of silence were planned and flags were at half-staff in Connecticut to remember the victims on the sixth anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

All town offices in Newtown were closed from 9:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Friday for a moment of silence and period of reflection to honor the 20 first-graders and six educators who were killed on Dec. 14, 2012. Bells at a local church were rung at 9:30 a.m.

An interfaith memorial service is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Congregation Adath Israel of Newtown.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has ordered all state and U.S. flags to remain at half-staff in remembrance of the victims. The flags have been lowered in honor of the late President George H.W. Bush.

To commemorate the anniversary, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is joining Police Chief Commissioner William Gross in a gun buyback program called Peace for Piece. The event allows gun owners the opportunity to give up unwanted firearms and ammunition with no questions asked in exchange for a $100 Target gift card.

Six locations across Boston will participate in the Saturday event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The locations are:

  • Central Assembly of God, 50 Bennington Street;
  • St. Peters Church, 278 Bowdoin Street;
  • Garfield Development, 215-217 Garfield Avenue;
  • Salvation Army, 1500 Washington Street;
  • McCormack Housing Development, 345 Old Colony Avenue;
  • Greater Love Tabernacle Church, 101 Nightingale Street

Since the gun buybacks were first initiated in 2014, Boston police have collected more than 600 guns.

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