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Perdue encourages moment for 'Day of Mourning'

Posted December 21, 2012

— Gov. Beverly Perdue is urging North Carolina residents to observe a moment of silence in memory of the shootings at a Connecticut elementary school.

Perdue has signed a proclamation declaring Friday as a "Day of Mourning." She's asking residents to participate in a moment of silence at 9:30 a.m. for a time of reflection and mourning.

The national moment of silence ceremony will be live streamed on and shown on WRAL-TV beginning at 9:30 a.m. 

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy has written governors across the nation, asking them to participate. Malloy is also asking houses of worship and government buildings to ring bells 26 times during that moment in honor of each life lost in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

Nationwide, churches will ring their bells 26 times at 9:30 Friday morning — exactly a week after the shooting occurred — in memory of the victims. Two gold balloons, one a 2, the other a 6, are tied to a bridge. Handwritten tributes mention 26 snowflakes. "26 angels will guide us," reads one.

A gunman armed with a military-style assault rifle and several high-capacity ammunition magazines slaughtered 20 children and six teachers and administrators at the school in Newtown, Conn., last Friday.


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  • raleighlynn Dec 21, 2012

    The 26 represents the children and staff. There is no balloon, no bell for Nancy Lanza. Really tragic, if the guns her son had used hadn't been hers; he would have found them elsewhere. She is as much a victim as anyone else. R.I.P. to the 27 victims.

  • Bartmeister Dec 21, 2012

    Some people will complain about anything


    Tired of the grand standing from politicians. ALL politicians.

  • hppyhourhero Dec 21, 2012

    Wow....Some people will complain about anything...They need to get a life.

  • North Carolina Cutie Dec 21, 2012

    This not about the governor can we be postive about things politics does not have to be in everything.

  • monami Dec 21, 2012

    Bless the souls lost last Friday, and sending wishes for comfort and peace for their loved ones.

  • westernwake1 Dec 21, 2012

    We should have a 'Day of Mourning' for the past four years of her failed leadership.

  • Bartmeister Dec 21, 2012

    Thanks Bev. As always impeccable leadership skills. Isn't it Jan 5th already?