Rick Scott Asks Floridians to Join in Moment of Silence for Connecticut School Victims

By: Jim Turner | Posted: December 20, 2012 6:45 PM

At the request of Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, Florida Gov. Rick Scott has requested Floridians to observe a moment of silence at 9:30 a.m. Friday for the victims of the mass killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

“I am asking all Floridians to join Ann and me in observing a moment of silence to honor the memories of the 20 children and six adults who were all taken from this world too soon on December 14, 2012, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut,” Scott stated in a release.

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“Our thoughts and prayers remain with the people of Newtown in this difficult time -- and we all continue to pray that peace comes to the families and all those impacted by this tragedy.”

Malloy, who declared Dec. 21 as a day of mourning in his state, asked the people of Connecticut to observe a moment to mark one week after the shooting that took the lives of 20 students and six adults.  The declaration also asked houses of worship and government buildings to ring bells 26 times during the moment to honor each life taken.

“Let us all come together collectively to mourn the loss of far too many promising lives at Sandy Hook Elementary School,” Malloy wrote. “Though we will never know the full measure of sorrow experienced by these families, we can let them know that we stand with them during this difficult time,” Malloy said in a statement.

He also wrote a letter to other governors, through the National Governors Association, asking them to join in the moment.

"In the last few days, the outpouring of love and compassion from your state and from around the world has been overwhelming, and the people of Connecticut will be forever grateful. Too often we focus on what divides us as people, instead of what binds us together as human beings," Malloy stated in the letter.

"The sense of community that has emerged in the wake of the tragedy should not be lost as we begin to emerge from this national tragedy, and I ask you to join with me and the citizens of Connecticut to remember the loved ones lost last Friday. I have also asked places of worship and government buildings in Connecticut that have the capability to ring 26 times in honor of each life taken too soon from Sandy Hook Elementary School.”

Reach Jim Turner at jturner@sunshinestatenews.com or at (772) 215-9889.

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