Personalized birdhouses are part of a memorial for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn.
Stars of hope are pinned to a pole in Sandy Hook village in Newtown.
Newtown’s snow covered “Rock of Angels” memorial.
Most media organizations were asked to keep out of Newtown on the one year anniversary.
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama lit 26 candles and observed a moment of silence in memory of the 20 children and six school workers killed by Adam Lanza one year ago.
U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and first lady Michelle Obama light candles in memory of the Sandy Hook victims.
The two observe a moment of silence.
The Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., hosted a National Vigil for Victims of Gun Violence.
Two people protest gun violence at the Washington, D.C. vigil.
Visitors teared up at the Washington National Cathedral.
Hundreds of people gathered to watch the 29th annual Ram Pasture Tree Lighting in Newtown earlier on Wednesday.
Local residents gather around two trees days before the anniversary of the shooting.
Sand dollars bearing the name of Sandy Hook victims hangs from the town’s Christmas tree.
People gather following mass at St. Rose as a permanent memorial is dedicated to the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting.
The Parker family paid tribute to Emilie Parker. This memorial marks the entrance to the Shady Spot playground, which was dedicated to Emilie, at Riverside Park in New London, Conn.
Shooting victim Jessica Rekos’ grave is adorned with flowers.
The Sandy Ground project is building playgrounds dedicated to each victim of the massacre. This one is dedicated to victim Josephine Gay.
Josephine’s parents Michele and Bob Gay listen to speeches while holding a Bevin bell presented to them at the playground opening ceremony.
A Newtown flag is raised over the playground dedicated to Josephine.
A fireworks display lit up the sunset over the Long Island Sound after the new playground opening ceremony on Wednesday.
Flowers left near the former Sandy Hook Elementary School, which was destroyed earlier this year.
A heart that bears 26 crosses for each victim is surrounded by lights the Sandy Hook portion of Newtown, Connecticut December 14, 2013.
The town flag in Newtown flies at half staff on Dec. 14.