A year after the deadly school shooting in Newtown, Conn., bells tolled across the town at 9:30 a.m. Saturday as the small community planned a day of quiet reflection with private memorial services.
The bells rang 26 times as names of each of the victims were read at St. Rose of Lima church in Newtown, one of several houses of worship that was holding private services Saturday for a community still grieving for the 20 children and six educators killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
President Obama and the first lady marked the anniversary of the shooting at the White House Saturday by lighting 26 candles and bowing their heads for a moment of silence.
In his weekly address Saturday, Obama asked Americans to consider their role in preventing future violence, saying the country has not done enough to make communities safer since the tragedy. Parents of children killed in the tragedy lent their voices to efforts to prevent such violence from happening again but more action is needed to stop violence, he said.