A year ago, 20-year-old Adam Lanza killed 20 first graders and six faculty members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. A year later, the town has requested quiet and privacy on the anniversary of one of the most horrific school shootings to date.

Early this morning, church bells rang 26 times in Newton as the names of each victim were read at St. Rose of Lima church. This is the most public event remembering the lives lost a year ago, as the town hopes to keep visitors away.

President Barack Obama delivered a radio address, stating the incident will mark the moment that the nation decided to improve safety in communities:

We have to do more to keep dangerous people from getting their hands on a gun so easily. We have to do more to heal troubled minds. We have to do everything we can to protect our children from harm and make them feel loved, and valued, and cared for.

[via The Huffington Post]