Newtown: No Anniversary Visits, Please

Town won't hold public memorial

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 7, 2013 5:49 PM CST

(Newser) – December 14 will mark the one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook shootings—but there will be no public memorial. Newtown, Conn., doesn't want another media onslaught, and officials are calling on local institutions to keep crews from parking in their lots. "All of these children, they need a chance to be happy," a local cafe worker tells the New York Times. "This constant reminder of sadness, it needs to stop. That’s why we want the media to stay away."

Says the mother of a victim: "It’s very important to all the families that they own their own grieving process." Any memorials will be private affairs at schools or religious institutions. NBC and ABC don't plan to head to Newtown; according to one TV exec, parents have been calling to say TV vans act as painful reminders for kids still dealing with anxiety. CBS does, however, intend to visit, albeit with "the smallest footprint possible": "We don’t want to be intrusive, but we’re confident we can report the story and not get in the way."

A bus drives past a sign reading 'Welcome to Sandy Hook,' Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, in Newtown, Conn.
A bus drives past a sign reading 'Welcome to Sandy Hook,' Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, in Newtown, Conn.   (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
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