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(NEW YORK) — President Obama observed a moment of silence on Saturday on the one-year anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that killed 20 young children and six adults.

Obama noted the tragic anniversary in his weekly address, praising the bravery of the Newtown, Conn. parents, while calling on Americans to help make the nation safer. “We have to do more to keep dangerous people from getting their hands on a gun so easily,” Obama said. “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.”

The President and First Lady additionally honored the victims on Saturday by lighting 26 candles, one for every person killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School that day.

No formal ceremony was held in Newtown, Conn., though flags throughout the state of Connecticut were at half-staff. Church bells run out across the state 26 times at 9:30 a.m., the moment, Adam Lanza shot through the glass of the locked doors of the school building.

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