Written By: Aaron Kinnari, Founder of The Future Forum.
Next week, children across the country will enjoy a break for the holidays. Families will come together, sharing meals and moments of laughter.
For two dozen families in Newtown, Connecticut, this holiday, and holidays for years to come, will not be as joyous. Presents will be left unopened, future hopes and dreams left unfulfilled.
The void they will feel is unimaginable to most of us. The moments that families look forward to – the soccer games and school dances, the graduations and weddings, the years of meaningful life and lasting memories – will not come.
Seeing the photos of these children, children who look like our sons and daughters and brothers and sisters and cousins and friends, is heartbreaking. You can’t read their names or hear their stories without welling up with tears.
This is not how it’s supposed to be in America. Our schools, our churches, our grocery stores and movie theaters and street corners are not supposed to be constant reminders of the tragedies that happened there. Our children are not supposed to be forever scarred by the deaths of their schoolmates, our parents devastated by the loss of their babies. Read more