A crowd of more than 200 people turned out Sunday, Dec. 13, as Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr and the New Jersey chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America held a commemoration to mark the third anniversary of the Sandy Hook school shootings and to honor all survivors and victims of gun violence.
Group leader Lauren O’Brien of the Union County chapter led the team of volunteers putting on the event.
More than 100 “Wear Orange” events took place this weekend in communities across the country and Fanwood’s was the largest in the state of New Jersey.
Candles were lit to commemorate gun violence incidents in the United States, Fanwood Poet Laureate Adele Kenny presented an original poem and music was performed by local school students. U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson-Coleman (D-NJ) and state Sen. Nicholas Scutari also spoke at the hour-long program.
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a non-partisan grassroots movement of American mothers demanding common-sense solutions to address the country’s dangerous culture of gun violence, which jeopardizes the safety of children and families.