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OFA volunteers stand with Newtown

One year ago, an unspeakable tragedy shook the nation. Students and staff, children and adults—26 in all—were killed in one of the most senseless acts of violence our country has ever seen.

On Saturday, OFA supporters gathered in solemn remembrance of the lives cut short and stood in solidarity with those left behind. They acknowledged that Newtown could have been any town, and that we must do everything in our power to protect those we love and care for.

At an interfaith event in St. Louis, Missouri, Jewish, Christian, and Muslim clerics united to give encouraging words. St. Louis Chief of Police Sam Dotson also spoke, reflecting on the need to protect future generations.

In Fort Worth, Texans came together on a steely-skied morning to offer prayers, shed tears, and read aloud the names of those lost while ringing a bell cast from recycled firearms. The group concluded their remembrance by releasing balloons into the wind.

More than 400 Pennsylvanians, from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh and everywhere in between, came together on Saturday to remember Newtown.

In Ann Arbor, Michigan, the mayor, city council members, and the county commissioner joined dozens of others to brave the snow to show their support.

People gathered in downtown Waukesha, Wisconsin, for a quiet remembrance event with remarks by former teachers. The event ended with the nearby church ringing its bells 26 times.

Volunteers in Springfield, Illinois, came out in freezing cold temperatures to remember the victims of Newtown. The crowd heard moving words from four parents who have lost their sons and daughters to gun violence. These four parents lit candles for each of those killed in Newtown.

More than 100 people crowded in to participate in a vigil in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to remember those lost.

"Tonight we want to remember each of these lives, because as we remember and as we honor them, they will be with us in spirit and we will be with them. We are Newtown." —Volunteers at a vigil in New Bern, North Carolina.

See more photos and tweets in the slideshow below.

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