JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)– Groups of people gathered at the Columbine memorial in Clement Park on Friday ahead of April 20, the somber 20th anniversary of the tragedy. The community was invited to attend the vigil.
People of all ages gathered at the memorial, some with flowers and others carrying something heavier– memories of that day in 1999 when two gunmen took the lives of 12 students and a teacher.READ MORE: Colorado Weather: Denver Included Winter Weather Advisory
“It was like being in a war in a way,” said Lee Andres, a teacher at Columbine on that day.READ MORE: Awake And Hungry: Trail Cam Captures Family Of Bears In Roxborough State Park
He saw one of his students at the memorial who returned to Colorado from Utah for the remembrance ceremony.
Andres hopes all who came here can help one another to leave a lasting impact on their own communities.MORE NEWS: Air France Announces New Nonstop Flights From Denver International Airport To Paris
“I think it’s great that people want to come and hopefully reflect about their own lives and find ways of making their own corner of the world a better place,” said Andres.