U.S. Capitol riot

Vigils Planned Across Mass. to Mark 1 Year Since Deadly Capitol Riot

Thousands of Donald Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, making their way inside the building hoping to stop the certification of Joe Biden's election as president

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Vigils are planned across Massachusetts on Thursday to mark one year since the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

It's hard to believe that one year has already passed since the Capitol riots, which fundamentally changed Congress and raised global concerns about the future of American democracy.

Massachusetts Congressman Seth Moulton spoke with NBC10 Boston on Thursday morning about the one-year anniversary of the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol.

Thousands of Donald Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, making their way inside the building hoping to stop the certification of Joe Biden's election as president. A police officer and protester were killed in the chaos. Other officers were hurt and hundreds of people arrested.

Six of those facing charges for their involvement are from Massachusetts. Their charges range from disorderly conduct in a capitol building to acts of physical violence on grounds. One of them has pleaded guilty to their charges and will be sentenced next week.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker issued a statement on Thursday's anniversary.

"One year ago, citizens across this nation turned away the forces threatening the democratic process and saw through a fair, transparent election for the most powerful office in the world -- proving again the system is greater than a single faction," he said.

One year has passed since supporters of former President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol during the certification of Electoral College votes. NBCLX Political Editor Noah Pransky brings you a timeline of the day and the aftermath.

Educators and activists alike say this anniversary should serve as a day of reflection for the entire country.

"It's disappointing that a year later, conspiracy theories about the 2020 election are alive and well," said Robert Treston of the Anti-Defamation League New England.

"We need to rebuild local journalism, we need to make sure we've got public records available so we can restore trust in government and give people the tools again to make decisions together," added Harvard professor Danielle Allen.

There are about a dozen vigils planned across the state Thursday to remember the anniversary of the Capitol riot, including one at the State House at 5:30 p.m.

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