Waking up on the one-year anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut, we found this this article about the ways that some residents in the town are choosing to memorialize the event:
In the absence of an official memorial, residents here have been memorializing the victims on a daily basis since the massacre by carrying out acts of kindness.
Kyle Lyddy, 26, the commission’s chair and founder of the We Are Newtown movement, an effort launched on Facebook that has sought to bring the community together, said a woman paid for his coffee last week at Dunkin’ Donuts. She didn’t say why she picked up the tab and left before he could thank her.
“I just kind of knew why,” Lyddy said. “I just kind of understood why.”
Residents here, it seems, are living in the moment. Drivers are being more courteous. A gas-station attendant is receiving more generous tips. A Newtown General Store customer said a man bought him breakfast, handed him a piece of paper bearing the name of a little girl who died at the school and asked him to “pass it on.”
The story reminded us that when senseless acts of violence tear through a community, we make sense again through small gestures of generosity. And it got us thinking: what if, in memory of tragedies such as the one that occurred in Sandy Hook last year, we all dedicated a random act of kindness to those lost and those who are grieving?