I didn’t want to think about Newtown but President Obama brought it up today in his inaugural address. Even his Inaugural poet Richard Blanco did the same in his poem One Light.
“…All of us as vital as the one light we move through, the same light on blackboards with lessons for the day: equations to solve, history to question, or atoms imagined, the `I have a dream’ we keep dreaming, or the impossible vocabulary of sorrow that won’t explain the empty desks of 20 children marked absent today, and forever.”
Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., later said Obama had “evoked Newtown as a very powerful symbol. He clearly senses that it has a profound historical significance, even larger than the 26 lives lost, in what it could mean for the nation.” Blumenthal added, “He enshrined Newtown in our history.”
In 1965 I lost a good childhood friend to a mass shooting. A father came home and shot his wife and 6 children and then shot himself. I haven’t thought about it in years. Newtown brought it all back to me. I remember reading that someone had said that the best thing we could do was to remember the names of the children, even if only one.
I remember her name. Noreen Hogue, she was my friend.
A Google search revealed sadly that all that is remembered from the day is her father’s name and the extent of his crimes.. He will always be in the history books and talked about and remembered as a mass murder. He will figure into discussions about gun control. She has vanished.
I choose to remember her and our friendship. Please remember the children.
Inaugural quotes taken from: http://www.ctpost.com/local/article/Newtown-shootings-remembered-at-inauguration-4212162.php