Remembering Sandy Hook: How A Tragedy Is Inspiring Change

In the wake of 2015's deadliest shooting, social media users took a moment to remember the tragic events in Newtown

Dec 14, 2015 at 1:43 PM ET

A gunman shot and killed 20 children and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School, three years ago Monday. With yet another mass shooting, the recent bloodshed in San Bernardino, still top of mind, tributes to the victims and their families are pouring out across the web.

But, it’s not just “thoughts and prayers.” The memory of the Sandy Hook victims is propelling many to take action on behalf of those who died. With nearly 47,000 followers, the Facebook page WWDD: What Would Daniel Do? acts as a memorial to Daniel Barden (a 7-year old shooting victim) and encourages people to spread acts of kindness in his name. Saxophonist Jimmy Greene’s jazz album, “Beautiful Life,” has been nominated for two Grammy Awards; the music was inspired by and is dedicated to his late daughter, Ana.

The Sandy Hook Promise is a network supported by parents, spouses and community members who lost loved ones during the fatal shooting. Their mission is to provide support for the affected families, and raise awareness about gun violence in an effort to curb future events.

Below are some of the sentiments shared from around the world.

Daniel Barden was one of twenty-six innocent lives taken three years ago on this day, December 14, 2012, at Sandy Hook… Posted by WWDD: What Would Daniel Do? In Memory of Daniel Barden, Sandy Hook Elem. on Monday, December 14, 2015


Ana loved to sing and she sang beautifully. That is why I made sure her singing voice was on the first track of…

Posted by Jimmy Greene on Monday, December 7, 2015