FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 19, 2012) – Gov. Steve Beshear today asked Kentuckians to observe a moment of silence Friday morning for the victims of last week’s school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy has declared Friday, Dec. 21 a day of mourning, and Connecticut citizens will observe a moment of silence at 9:30 a.m. that day. Malloy has asked that other states join in this remembrance. Houses of worship and other buildings with bells are encouraged to sound them 26 times – one ring for each of the 20 children and six adults killed at the school.
“We grieve along with the families in Connecticut, and in this small way we can show that we hold them in our thoughts and prayers,” Beshear said. “A loss of this magnitude touches all of us, and we share their heartache. By coming together to observe a shared moment of mourning and reflection, however, we stand in support of the Newtown community and families, and in memory of the precious lives lost.”
The moment of silence will be observed at 9:30 a.m. local time throughout Kentucky.
Beshear previously directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff through Friday in honor of the victims of the shooting, and encouraged individuals, businesses, organizations and government agencies to join in this tribute.
Flag status information is available here: http://governor.ky.gov/Pages/flagstatus.aspx.