CARTERET—On Wednesday, the Office of Carteret Mayor Daniel J. Reiman hosted a candlelight vigil for the victims of the mass shooting that took place at the Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday, Dec. 14, in Newtown Conn.
Mayor Reiman, members of the Borough Council, and state and county dignitaries joined with residents and visitors at the Memorial Municipal Building for an evening of solemn remembrance to acknowledge those whose lives were lost. Guests included State Sen. Joseph Vitale, Councilmen Jorge Diaz, Randy Krum, Dennis DiMascio, and Freeholder Ronald G. Rios.
Hundreds of residents were in attendance in an outpouring of support for the victims and their families.
“There are many occasions which bring us together as a community throughout the year – some to honor our military, others in recognition of historic events and holidays, we usually gather with a much more festive spirit to celebrate our shared heritage and cultures; but tonight we gather for another purpose, to honor the memories of those lost in a horrific attack inflicted upon the quiet community of Newtown, Conn., Reiman said.
“We know we share this pain with all of the people in our country and our friends from around the world, this is truly an attack on humanity….Although there are millions, like us, who would like answers to the many questions that have now arisen, here tonight we will not to discover the answers we seek; but simply join as a community and a small town family in support of that greater nation, to provide solace and support both for Newtown and each other,” Reiman said.
“As a people we feel the loss, but most especially for the 20 children ages 6 and 7 who will never have the opportunity to experience life or to grow old,” the mayor concluded.
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