Newtown marking 4 years since Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting

20 children, 6 adults killed in attack on school

In this Dec. 14, 2013 file photo, a makeshift memorial with crosses for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting massacre stands outside a home in Newtown, Conn., on the one-year anniversary of the shootings. With sweeping views of Newtown's rolling hills, a field at the town's highest point emerged early on as the first choice for planners of a permanent memorial to honor the 26 people killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Open space advocates, however, objected to construction on the pristine area known as the High Meadow. As more community members have spoken out, the planning commission, which includes parents of the some of the massacre victims, agreed recently to go back and consider other options. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

NEWTOWN, Conn. (WTNH)– Newtown will mark four years since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. That shooting took the lives of 20 young children and six adults.

Newtown will mark the day with 15 minutes of silence. That’s happening between 9:30 a.m. and 945 a.m., the time the shooting took place. The superintendent says there will also be quiet reflection and age appropriate messages for students.

In the wake of the shooting, a lot has happened. As you may recall, Connecticut passed some of the strictest gun laws in the country. However, gun control at the national level failed to get the support it needed to pass.

Of course, quite a few of the Sandy Hook families who lost loved ones four years ago have been part of a lawsuit against gun manufacturer ‘Remington Arms.’ Family members claim the gun should’ve never been sold to the public. A judge dismissed the lawsuit back in October, citing a law that shields gun makers from lawsuits. The matter has now moved on to the Connecticut Supreme Court.

And just Tuesday, President Obama signed into law the “21st Century Cures Act.” The bi-partisan legislation was passed last week. It will provide billions of dollars to help several issues, including mental health. U.S. Senator Chris Murphy, from Connecticut was a major part of that effort.

What is Governor Dannel Malloy asking people here in the state to do to mark this day?

The governor asks that the U.S. and Connecticut flags remain at half-staff in honor of the victims. You may have noticed that flags in the state were already at half-staff before Wednesday. That was for former astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glenn who died last week.