Michelle Obama's Letter To Newtown: 'My Heart Aches For You'
NBCNEWS.COM - A week after the Newtown school shooting in which a young man fatally
shot 27 people – 20 of them children – Michelle Obama has penned an
open letter to Newtown residents.
Titled "Holding You in Our Hearts,"
the first lady praises the heroism shown by residents over the last
week and assures the Connecticut community that she and the president
are thinking of them "every minute of every day."
December 20, 2012
Over the past week, we as Americans have been united in our grief as
Newtown has laid to rest so many beautiful, innocent children, along
with the heroic educators who worked every day to help them achieve
As a mother of two young daughters, my heart aches for you and your
families. Like so many Americans, I wish there were something - anything
- I could do or say to ease your anguish.
But I know that I cannot begin to imagine the depths of your grief. I
know that for many of you, the pain you are enduring right now seems
unbearable; and many of you may be asking yourselves, how can we go on -
as families and as a community?
Over the past week, I have been awed and inspired by Newtown's
heroes: the first responders who risked their lives at a moment's
notice; the educators whose devotion to their students shone brightest
in one of our nation's darkest hours; the children who comforted each
other despite their fear; the families coming together to support each
other as they grieve.
And I am so proud of the outpouring of love and support that has come
from every corner of America: from first responders from neighboring
cities rushing to help however they could; from people in Cleveland and
Charlotte and Juneau and so many other communities joining together to
honor Newtown with their thoughts and prayers; and in living rooms and
houses of worship and the halls of our government, where we are
beginning to have those difficult conversations about how we can build a
safer, more peaceful tomorrow for all our children.
And I want you to know that this is just the beginning. As my husband
has said, in the coming weeks, he will use all the powers of his office
to engage citizens from across this country to find ways to prevent
tragedies like this one. And please know that every minute of every day,
we are thinking of you, and praying for you, and holding you and your
families in our hearts as you begin the slow and wrenching work of
healing and moving forward.
In the months and years ahead, may the memories of those beautiful
children and those heroic adults be a blessing for their families, for
your community, and for our country, and may God bless you all.
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