It's been nearly one year since the Sandy Hook school shootings. The Sage Colleges took time Friday to remember those who lost their lives that morning, including a woman will local ties. YNN's Erin Vannella was at the ceremony.
TROY, N.Y. -- "Today is very difficult. It's very emotional and I think about the families, those children. It's just an inconceivable loss," said Sage College President Susan Scrimshaw.
Sage College remembers Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, a Doctoral Candidate and Connecticut School Principal.
"I will always remember hearing the bulletin was in Sandy Hook Elementary and saying to myself that's Dawn's school," said Director of the Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung Center Ann Myers.
The mother of two and grandmother was one of 27 killed in the shootings. In a brief yet poignant candle lit ceremony Friday, her Sage College family honored them all.
"When I met Dawn she was an energy source. She still is for me," said Myers.
"She was the kind of person who made a very strong impression. She was the class leader almost immediately. The class favorite," said Scrimshaw.
To carry on the late teacher's dream, Sage created the Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung Center for the promotion of mental health and social safety. To seek hope in tragedy as they say Dawn would do.
"That we not think about tragedy of a year ago tomorrow with anger and despair which are both very natural, but think about it with love and creativity," said Scrimshaw.
"Dawn believed in kindness and she believed in respect and she generated hope. We'll do the same thing if we serve well," said Myers.