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Sandy Hook Shooting Victims Remembered in Appleton

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On December 14, 2013, 20 students and six teachers died when a gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.

The nation remembered the victims through moments of silence and vigils on the one year anniversary. A number of services held in Wisconsin today were hosted by the group Moms Demand Action.

In Appleton, a community of about 100 people gathered inside the First United Methodist Church.

"I remember driving home and hearing this happening and I think...I just kind of just stopped in my steps and say, 'how can this be going on?'" - Sara Companik, of Menasha, said.

Appleton's Highlands Odyssey Elementary students sang while 26 candles were lit Saturday.

Church and school bells across Wisconsin also tolled 26 times, so none of the victims are forgotten.

"Obviously, just yesterday we had another school shooting in our country and this is just not something anybody wants to see, and, it's going to take us all pulling together to figure out what we can do to keep our kids safe in our schools," Lee Allinger, Appleton Area School District superintendent, said.

Community leaders also use December 14 to make a call for action.

"We mark these anniversaries as a way to remember the families, a way to remember the children, and to think about as a society what can we do to prevent these things from happening in the future," said Appleton Mayor Tim Hanna.

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