Sunday night, President Barack Obama addressed the citizens and first responders of Newtown Connecticut at a prayer vigil held at Newtown High School.
“We gather here in memory of 20 beautiful children and six remarkable adults,” he said, “They lost their lives in a school that could have been any school in a quiet town full of good and decent people that could be any town in America.”
He continued, “Here in Newtown, I come to offer the love and prayers of a nation. I am very mindful that mere words cannot match the depths of your sorrow, nor can they heal your wounded hearts.”
Obama assured the people suffering in Newtown that the nation grieves with them.
“And you must know that whatever measure of comfort we can provide, we will provide,” he said. “Whatever portion of sadness that we can share with you to ease this heavy load, we will gladly bear it. Newtown, you are not alone.”
He read the names of the 20 children killed in the massacre and said, “God has called them all home. For those of us who remain, let us find the strength to carry on and make our country worthy of their memory. May God bless and keep those we’ve lost in His heavenly place. May He grace those we still have with His holy comfort, and may He bless and watch over this community and the United States of America.”
The full transcript of the president’s remarks is available here.
Watch the speech, embedded via MSNBC, below:
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