(NBC News) Saturday marks one year since the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
While there will be no official service marking the date in Newtown, Connecticut many of the families say they will light candles at home to remember their loved ones who died.
The families are also asking people to perform acts of kindness toward others to honor the victims.
"We had the option to do nothing or to do something, and then when you think of it like that, we didn't have any options," says Mark Barden, a father of one of the victims.
For many it's been a year of lobbying for stricter gun laws.
Over a dozen states have passed legislation, but there's been nothing on the federal level yet.
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