Moment of Silence, Ringing of Bells to Honor Connecticut Victims on Friday
Friday marks one week since the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary. To honor the memory of the innocents, some 30+ states as well as the District of Columbia will observe the event with a moment of silence followed by the ringing of a bell 26 times, honoring the innocent victims of the shooting.
Beginning at 9:30 a.m. Central time, we will observe a moment of silence on KICKS 105 followed by the ringing of the bells. Please join us Friday morning in honoring the victims.
The text of the official proclamation by Governor Rick Perry follows:
TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME:
The events last week on the campus of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, are as profoundly disturbing as they are impossible to fully understand. The fact that so many victims were children weighs heavily upon the hearts and souls of each Texan and every American.
Though our hearts are heavy with sorrow, we find hope in the stories of courage and bravery that have emerged in the aftermath. Teachers placed themselves in harm's way to shield the children in their classrooms. Administrators laid down their lives to protect their students. There is no greater love than the love they displayed on that day.
To help the healing process, the governor of the State of Connecticut has declared a Day of Mourning in Connecticut and has asked for a moment of silence at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, December 21, 2012. That observance will conclude with a time of bell-ringing to honor the 26 victims claimed on that sorrowful day.
I encourage all Texans to join with the people of Connecticut in this Day of Mourning by observing a moment of silence at 9:30 a.m. Central Standard Time. I encourage those who can ring bells at the conclusion of that moment of silence to do so. This is an opportunity to join together in the spirit of healing, and in honor of those who were lost.
IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereto signed my name and caused the Seal of the State of Texas to be impressed upon this proclamation, this the 19th day of December, 2012, in Austin, Texas.