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Abilene Mayor Hosts Sandy Hook Remembrance Ceremony

Nearly two-thousand miles away from the scene of an unthinkable tragedy, people gathered together in the lobby of the Abilene Civic Center to show their support for the community of Sandy Hook in Newtown, Connecticut.
"You know, grief can be a long and sometimes lonely journey," said Abilene Mayor Norm Archibald to a crowded room of heavy hearts, "Im going to ask you to walk alongside these people even though they are far away."

Nearly two-thousand miles from the scene of an unthinkable tragedy, a group of people are coming together.

"Our hearts are saddened and we didnt know what else to do," said Abilene resident Joe Joplin.
"When somebody hurts a child, it just hits home," said Candice Buckman.
"there's just so many words," says Dorothy Lambur. "I guess one, would be a broken heart that just keeps getting bigger."

Lambur is like many others who crowded the Abilene Civic Center to show support for Newtown,Connecticut. She's overwhelmed with emotion.

"I have so many grandchildren and great grandchildren and my own children," said Lambur.  "But when you think of those little six-year-olds in that class. I know jesus was there, God never leaves us. So the best thing I could do was to stand with Jesus and pray for them."

"We dont have any idea of these people's depth and dispair," said Joplin. "But we have to deal with how we feel, and this helps us."

"This is not closure, but it helps," said Buckman.

Support for each other, and for innocent victims, from thousands of miles away.

"I don't know if they'll see this, but I know they'll feel it," said Buckman.
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