What you see in the photo is a paper patchwork of memorial notes in Newtown, Connecticut. They were pulled together shortly after the elementary school shooting there. Last year, well-wishers from all over the world came to Newtown Patch by the thousands. "Dear Connecticut, know that you are not alone tonight," one wrote.
One year later, it seems fitting that Newtown knows again that it’s not alone. We invite you to take a second and share a "Note for Newtown." This is a special section on Newtown Patch where you can let the people in that town know they’re still in your thoughts.
Click here to leave a Note for Newtown.
If you're not sure what to leave in a note, here are a few suggestions:
- An act of kindness you've committed in honor of one of the 26 victims — something the town has asked for in lieu of gifts or physical memorials.
- Memories of how you've coped with a loss. This Newtown woman said she and other friends found comfort simply by gathering together in a kitchen, sharing the quiet strength of companionship.
- Something you made: a photo, a sentence or a beautiful poem like this one dedicated to the victims.
We have a few rules for this section on Newtown Patch, which we will enforce this week with a zero-tolerance policy:
- No politics
- No fighting
- No selling
If you’d like to do any of these three things, you have the whole rest of the Internet at your disposal. Thank you!