(AP) – People around the country and world paused for a moment Friday morning to memorialize the 26 victims of the massacre a week ago at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. A sampling of observances:
State officials gathered in the Capitol in Montgomery for a remembrance, and Gov. Robert Bentley asked residents to observe a moment of silence.
A moment of silence was observed throughout the state, and bells rang out in Denver.
Gov. Dannel Malloy was joined by the Newtown superintendent of schools, lawmakers and other officials on the steps outside the town hall as bells rang out at the nearby Trinity Episcopal Church.
Twenty children from a school sponsored by the Newtown Rotary Club gathered at the U.S. Embassy to give their condolences. Each child from the Caroline Miller School in Monrovia placed a flower on a poster bearing the name of a victim of the shooting.
Bells rang in churches around the state, including Boston’s historic Old North Church. Gov. Deval Patrick led an observance at the Garden of Peace, a memorial to hundreds of homicide victims located near the Statehouse.
Gov. Chris Christie signed an executive order for a statewide moment of silence for the victims.
In New York City, bells at the historic Trinity Church near the World Trade Center tolled 28 times, once for each of the victims, 26 students and school officials, the gunman and his mother. Schools around the state observed a moment of silence, as did the New York Stock Exchange.
Gov. Beverly Perdue declared Friday as a day of mourning and asked residents to participate in a moment of silence.
Places of worship from Cincinnati to Cleveland and beyond tolled their bells 26 times, and schools across the state marked the moment with silence.
Gov. Tom Corbett invited Pennsylvanians to observe a moment of silence and joined members of his staff and cabinet in a moment of remembrance.
Gov. Lincoln Chafee called for a day of reflection, and churches in Providence tolled their bells either 26 or 28 times. The additional two times were to represent the other two people killed that day: the shooter and his mother.
Religious leaders from a broad range of faiths gathered at the National Cathedral to call for their congregations to lobby Congress to enact gun control and mental health changes to address pervasive gun violence. In a garden beside the cathedral, they listened as a funeral bell tolled.
St. Mary’s Cathedral in Cheyenne and other places of worship rang bells 26 times.
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