Since last Saturday, multiple events have been held across the state to mark the one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre.

Last week’s “Delaware Valley Remembers Sandy Hook: From Tragedy, Change” memorial was sponsored by the Delaware Valley Coalition for Gun Violence Prevention, a collection of anti-violence groups including CeaseFirePA.

The event urged Pennsylvanians to contact their local legislators regarding House Bill 1010. The bill, if passed, would eliminate a loophole in Pennsylvania’s background check system that exempts the private sale of long guns – including shot guns, rifles and semi-automatic assault style rifles – from background checks. In addition, CeaseFirePA asked Pennsylvanians to call on Governor Corbett to break the silence in Harrisburg on gun violence prevention.

On Friday, CeaseFirePA, Mothers in Charge, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Heeding God’s Call and concerned citizens gathered at Broad Street Ministry to honor Philadelphia’s victims of gun violence as well as Newtown’s. The memorial, called “Philadelphia Is Newtown,” featured several portraits of those lost to gun violence. The images were commissioned by Judy Ringold, who heads the Lost Dreams on Canvas project.

An event in Harrisburg on Saturday, sponsored by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Mayors Against Illegal Guns, also observed Sandy Hook’s anniversary. About twenty-five people came together at Messiah Lutheran Church for the memorial, which included a communal bell-ringing to remember the victims.

And Saturday night, Pittsburgh parents met with CeaseFirePA and Organizing for Action at Heinz Chapel to remember the lives lost at Sandy Hook. Twenty-six chairs sat on the altar, and the victims’ names were read aloud. Toys that were donated during event will be distributed to children in the Pittsburgh area who have lost a parent to gun violence.

We hope you found a meaningful event to mark the anniversary of Sandy Hook, and we hope you will join with us in honoring all the victims of gun violence with action to reduce gun violence and make our communities safer.