Thank you to the amazing teachers who did everything in their power to protect the children in their care, and to the administrators who ran into danger without hesitation to save students and staff. You have reminded us what it means to be a hero.
Thank you to the first responders who charged into an unimaginable scene and kept their focus under the worst of circumstances.
Thank you to those starting to have honest and balanced discussions about where we go from here, regardless of your political or religious ideals - we must work together to move forward.
Thank you to those people around the country and around the world for the outpouring of support for this beautiful New England town, for your small but powerful acts of kindness, and for restoring our faith in humanity when we need it most.
Thank you to the people of Newtown for demonstrating such grace, strength and dignity through such a horrible time, and for being a role model for the nation on how to support each other as a community.
Thank you to the families of those who were lost for sharing your stories, for telling us about your amazing children, parents, cousins, siblings...and for letting us grieve with you. There are no words we can offer to ease your pain, but know you are in our thoughts every day.
Wishing you all hope and peace this holiday season.