We've spent a week mourning the loss of so many lives at Sandy Hook Elementary School in our own separate ways. Now it's time for a more organized way of remembering those killed in Newtown, Connecticut last Friday. An official moment of silence has been called for by Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy.
So how will it actually work?
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Kicking off at 9:30 a.m., the time when gunshots began to echo in the halls of Sandy Hook Elementary, the moment of silence will extend as government buildings and places of worship in Connecticut ring bells 26 times, one each for the 20 children lost, and six more times for the school staff killed last Friday. Malloy has passed a request on to the governors of the other 49 states in hopes that they will follow suit.
As he noted:
Let us all come together collectively to mourn the loss of far too many promising lives at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Though we will never know the full measure of sorrow experienced by these families, we can let them know that we stand with them during this difficult time.
Along with the quiet inside buildings, major websites have taken the stand to go dark for at least five minutes, starting at 9:30. Here at The Stir, we won't be posting during the time either. There's also a request for Twitter users to do the same, and you can spread the word to other Twitter users with the hashtag #momentforSandyHook.
This moment will not bring those lives back. It will not end the tragedy, and maybe it won't even help us heal. But it is the least we can do, to remember those children and the teachers who died protecting them, to honor the emergency personnel who rushed into that building to try to save lives.
Because we cannot, should not, forget what has happened in Sandy Hook. This is not just a Newtown tragedy or even just a Connecticut tragedy. It's a national one.
And we will never forget.
Will you be joining in the moment of silence?
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