Three years. Three years ago every parent’s worst nightmare happened. We were changed forever as we heard the news. The news was of Sandy Hook Elementary School. Do you remember where you were when you heard the news? At mere mention, I am transported back to standing in line at Dunkin Donuts and looking up to see CNN coverage of the breaking news story. Three were taken to the hospital; at first that news sounded promising, but what we hadn’t heard yet was far, far worse. Police Officers were on screen walking around a school; Police Officers were crying, that was a clue that things were really bad. There are no words to take away the pain of that horrific day. There are no words to describe the fear created that day. Sweet little children, first graders, were turned into angels. Families were left behind to grieve with huge holes in their hearts and unanswerable questions on their lips. Teachers became heroes, some survived and some did not. Everyone was affected by this tragic event.
The face of a nation changed as we reeled from the aftermath of Sandy Hook. Schools now have more locked doors, security guards, and safety drills. Parents now have new fears when sending their babies into the classroom because the nightmare came to life and happened on December 14, 2012.
I write these words as a pledge, that yes, life does go on and yes, three years have passed, but I will never forget those affected by this terrible, tragic event. I pledge that my heartfelt thoughts are with you; the parents, families, siblings, teachers, and community of Sandy Hook. May we learn from this tragedy, grow from this horror, and may, we never forget those precious souls lost to us.
We are changed forever and we will not forget why.