Sikh Temple Sets Candlelight Vigil for Sand Hook Victims

"Our hearts are broken. Our spirits are strong," an announcement from the temple says, inviting the community to join in a candlelight vigil honoring those killed in the Newtown school shooting on Friday.

Members of the Sikh Temple, Gurdwara Guru Nanak Danbar in Southington, have come together and will open their doors to the public this week as they host a candlelight vigil in memory of the victims in the tragic shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown last week.

The incident, which police said was the act of a lone gunman, led to the deaths of 26 people including 20 children after Adam Lanza entered the school and open fired on staff and students before taking his own life.

"Our hearts are broken. Our spirits are strong," an announcement for the event reads.

The vigil will include several prayers from all denominations, as well as guest speakers including State Sen. Joseph Markley and others, members of the congregation said Tuesday. A moment of silence will also be observed and the names of the victims are read.

The public is encouraged to attend. The event will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 21, at the temple, located at 1610 West St. in Southington. Candles will be provided.

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E. Richard Fortunato December 19, 2012 at 01:29 AM
The people of the Sikh Community in Southington, Gurdwara Guru Nanak Darbur, have long demonstrated their sense of full membership in the Southington Community through their many charitable deeds and contributions helping organizations such as Bread for Life, Southington Community Services, Salvation Army and others too numerous to name. They have been stalwart participants in our annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Services and other events such as Southington's observance and celebration of the 3,000 lost lives on the tenth anniversary at Southington High School on September 11, 2011. Let us welcome their invitation to join them in a vigil service this week as we did when they opened their spiritual home to all of us in September after the unspeakabke Oak Creek massacre of a Sikh group in prayer.


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