With tolling bells and flags at half-staff at the Newtown remembrance event, there was raw emotion and 26 seconds of silence - one for each victim of the Sandy Hook shooting. This is Newtown exactly six months later.
Victoria Soto was a first-grade teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary, one of the six adults and 20 children killed by a lone gunmen who then committed suicide on December 14. Today, officials and families gathered as the names of more than six thousand people killed by guns since that horrific day were read.
Nelba Marquez-Greene, the mother of one of the victims, said: "We are not going away. This mother's heartbreak that I carry, this life sentence that I have, no one should ever bear this burden."
So far, Congress has failed to make significant changes. Proposed bans on assault-style weapons and high-capacity clips have been shelved, and a bill to expand background checks has stalled. But lawmakers are vowing to try again.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said: "The writing is on the wall. Background checks will pass the United States Senate. It's only a question of when."