Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Gov. Perry Calls for Moment of Silence in Memory of the Victims at Sandy Hook Elementary

Thursday, December 20, 2012  •  Austin, Texas  •  Proclamation


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.


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