First Lady Michelle Obama penned a heartfelt letter to all the parents mourning the tragic loss of their children after last week's deadly shooting in Newtown, Conn., when gunman Adam Lanza opened fire inside Sandy Hook Elementary School, taking the lives of 27 people, including 20 children.
"As a mother of two young daughters, my heart aches for you and your families," Obama wrote in the letter, published in the Hartford Courant. "Like so many Americans, I wish there were something — anything — I could do or say to ease your anguish."
The White House noted that President Obama and his wife would join the country in a national moment of silence for the victims, observed at 9:30 a.m. EST.
Obama admitted that she "can't begin to imagine the depths of your grief," but noted that the outpouring of support from communities around the nation is encouraging, and promised that the President's pledge to make real, lasting change around safety in schools.
"I want you to know that this is just the beginning," wrote the First Lady. "As my husband has said, in the coming weeks, he will use all the powers of his office to engage citizens from across this country to find ways to prevent tragedies like this one. And please know that every day, we are thinking of you, and praying for you, and holding you and your families in our hearts as you begin the slow and wrenching work of healing and moving forward."