Yankees host Newtown residents and honor victims

Tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown

July 7, 2013 3:43:57 PM PDT
The New York Yankees hosted about 4,000 residents of Newtown, Conn., during Sunday's game against the Baltimore Orioles.

Hoping to help the community heal from last year's shooting massacre, the team invited Newtown residents to the game, giving them free tickets and vouchers for food and drinks on "Newtown Day at Yankee Stadium."

During a pregame ceremony, the crowd went silent as victims from the December shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School were listed on the giant video board in center field.

The Newtown Police Department and Sandy Hook Fire Department provided a joint color guard, and the national anthem was sung by the Newtown Youth Voices, a group of kids aged 7-17 that formed after the tragedy.

Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra says fun events like this are a very important part of the town's recovery.