Throughout the first year after the horrific shootings in Sandy Hook, Newtown residents asked to be left alone to grieve.

Today, Dec. 14 marks the fifth anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook. The victim's families have chosen, as in past anniversaries, to mark this dark day in quiet solitude and remembrance. According to an article in the News-Times, there will be no public ceremony but there will be an interfaith service opened to everyone.

I vividly remember that in the weeks following the shooting, I talked with a teacher friend of mine who had locked herself and her class in a classroom closet. When it was safe to come out, she refused to unlock the door to their hiding place until the police officer pushed his official ID underneath the door. She told me about being hounded by the media who were looking to score an interview, some of them even knocking at her door at home. To this day she has never granted one interview to any news source.

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'The Wall of Remembrance,' is a public space of remembrance for the victims of the shootings that were slain on Dec. 14, 2012 and it's located at the Newtown Municipal Center which will stay open through Friday. For more information along with times and locations for the services, click on newstimes.com.