Re-posting this ~ I wrote it Monday for my View from the Valley blog for the New Haven Register.
Last night I covered the Valley's candlelight vigil in memory of those lost in the school slayings in Sandy Hook.
It was held on the Derby Green, and I was struck by the large number of people - hundreds - who attended.
Mayor James Della Volpe said, "It's a tremendous turnout for a night
like this. People are looking for an outlet," he said, and want to be
with others in the community.
State Rep. Linda M.
Gentile commented, "It's great to see such a big crowd here. It shows
how big our hearts are in our small community of Derby."
huddled under umbrellas waiting for the vigil to start. The festive
Christmas lights seemed out of place at first, but I soon saw them as
symbolizing hope for a brighter future for our community and our nation.
the start of the service, Pablo Barriga, campus facilitator, New Life
Community Church in Derby, told the crowd, "We have seen the devil at
his worst. Let us now believe we shall see God at His best."
resident Swaranghit Singh holds a sign showing support of the
victims of Friday's massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. About 50
members of the Sikh community attended the vigil Sunday night.
said the shootings reminded him of the August slayings of six Sikhs at a
temple in Wisconsin. He said the Sikh community will hold a candlelight
vigil at 7 p.m. Friday at its temple, Gurdwara Guru Nanak Darbar, 1610
West St., Southington.
Angela Descheen, 3, of Derby, shows us there is hope for a brighter tomorrow.