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Obama Marks First Anniversary of Newtown Shootings

President Barack Obama used his weekly radio address to mark the one-year anniversary of the Newtown school shootings during which 26 teachers and children were killed.
President Barack Obama used his weekly radio address to mark the one-year anniversary of the Newtown school shootings during which 26 teachers and children were killed.
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U.S. President Barack Obama used his weekly address to the nation to honor the memories of the 26 children and educators who were shot to death one year ago in Newtown, Connecticut.

Obama said Saturday that as parents and Americans, the news of the deaths of six school workers and 20 children filled us with grief. He said that beneath the sadness, Americans also felt a sense of resolve, that the tragedies must end and that to end them, we must change.

The American leader went on to say that real change will not come from Washington, but from the American people.

On Friday, the White House announced Obama would honor those who died at Sandy Hook with a moment of silence Saturday at 9:30 am eastern time.

  • A makeshift memorial with crosses for the victims of the Sandy Hook massacre stands outside a home in Newtown, Conn., Dec. 14, 2013.
  • Snow-covered stuffed animals with photos attached were placed at a makeshift memorial for victims of the Sandy Hook massacre in Newtown, Conn, Dec. 14, 2012.
  • People pause in silence while church bells ring in honor of the victims of the Sandy Hook massacre, Newtown, Conn., Dec. 14, 2013.
  • On the first anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre, Newtown, Conn., a sign is posted under a Christmas tree, Dec. 14, 2013.
  • Singer Carole King puts her hands together after performing at a vigil for victims of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. and other victims of gun violence, Dec. 12, 2013.
  • Family members embrace each other as they hold a vigil for victims of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and other victims of gun violence, Dec. 12, 2013.
  • Candles are lit during a vigil for the victims of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. and other victims of gun violence, National Cathedral, Washington, DC, Dec. 12, 2013.

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