NATIONWIDE -- President Obama holds a moment of silence to mark one year since the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.
The President and First Lady Michelle Obama, quietly lit 26 candles before holding a private moment of silence.
The couple did not offer comment, but simply left the room, as the candles remained lit.
20 first graders and six educators were killed when gunman
Adam Lanza entered the school just after 9 a.m. Lanza then took his own life, and police determined he had shot his mother to death before arriving at the school.
The shootings rocked the country. President Obama was brought to tears as he addressed the nation hours later.
Soon afterwards, an international, grass roots movement called "26 acts of kindness" asked everyone to commit to 26 Acts of Kindness to honor each life lost that day at the school, quickly gained momentum.
Now earlier this week, Newtown officials requested privacy and joined victims' families in calling on people to perform acts of kindness or volunteer with charities as the one year mark approached.
The town itself has no formal events planned for today.
Connecticut Governor Daniel Malloy has asked houses of worship to ring their bells 26 times.