SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Wednesday marks the 10th year since the Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

On that day back in 2012, 20 six- and seven-year-old children were killed in the shooting along with six staff members. The shooting shocked the nation and renewed calls for stronger gun control laws.

Western Massachusetts educators continued an annual tradition Wednesday that honors the victims of the Sandy Hook tragedy. These teachers gather every year on the December 14th anniversary for a memorial walk in Springfield in remembrance of the lives lost.

“Those families that have lost their loved ones, and we just hope that they know our prayers, our thoughts are with them,” said Linda Lindwall, a teacher at Rebecca Johnson School.

The walk begins at Springfield City Hall and the group walks to the Memorial Bridge. It’s organized by teachers at Rebecca Johnson School. With them, 20 red roses and six white roses to represent the students and teachers killed. They drop the roses off the bridge, into the Connecticut River. The river symbolizing a connection between western Massachusetts and the Newtown community. On this 10th anniversary, the group brought an extra yellow rose.

“This year we’ve added a yellow rose, because this isn’t just a Sandy Hook thing, with Uvalde occurring, it’s just hit home again. That we haven’t figured out how to value our schools and our children and our students enough, and teachers enough, to figure out a solution to make sure this never happens again,” said Roni Gold, a teacher at Rebecca Johnson School.

Gold also said that while more needs to be done to protect schools and communities from these tragedies, Wednesday is about showing love and support for the Sandy Hook community.

In the wake of the shooting, parents and family members of those killed launched ‘The Sandy Hook Promise,’ a non-profit organization to protect children from gun violence.

According to the Center for Homeland Defense and Security, there have been 948 school shootings since the massacre at Sandy Hook. It still remains the deadliest mass shooting at a school in U.S. history.

Lindwall says the uptick in school shootings has altered life in the classroom. Conversations about emergency plans are now a common occurrence.

“You know where they’re going to go in the classroom, where’s our safe spot. It’s really… it’s sad that it’s part of their life right now,” said Lindwall.