TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENT COME - GREETINGS:
WHEREAS: The families and loved ones of the victims, the wounded, the Town of Newtown, and the State of Connecticut continue to suffer from the horrific acts of violence that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday, December 14, 2012; and
WHEREAS: The lives of twenty innocent children and six dedicated educators were lost to unspeakable violence perpetrated at that school; and
WHEREAS: The tremendous acts of bravery by Sandy Hook Elementary School staff and first responders unquestionably saved many young lives; and
WHEREAS: Arkansas grieves with all of Connecticut's people, and indeed the people of the world, who mourn the immeasurable losses suffered by the families and loved ones of the fallen; and
WHEREAS: In times of struggle, neighbors, friends, family members, and fellow citizens unite to ensure that faith, hope, and love remain the foundation of our states and our nation;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, MIKE BEEBE, Governor of the State of Arkansas, by virtue of the authority vested in me, do hereby proclaim Friday, December 21, 2012, as a
DAY OF MOURNING
in the State of Arkansas, and I call upon all citizens of this State to observe this day with a moment of silence at 9:30 a.m., Central Standard Time. I also ask places of worship and government buildings, which have the ability, to ring their bells twenty-six times during that moment in honor of each life that was tragically taken far too soon at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Arkansas to be affixed this 19th day of December, in the year of our Lord 2012.