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Statement from Governor Lincoln D. Chafee


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Governor Malloy of Connecticut recently sent a letter to his fellow Governors asking us to join him in declaring a moment of silence in our respective states on the one-week anniversary of the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut.

This moment of silence would be accompanied by the ringing of bells by buildings that have the ability to do so, such as schools and houses of worship. The bells would ring 26 times -- once for each life taken at Sandy Hook School, 20 students and 6 educators.

I believe that Governor Malloy chose the number 26 because this particular tribute is focused on the horrible events that unfolded at Sandy Hook School last Friday. The time of 9:30, for example, marks the commencement of the shootings at the school.

We, of course, have honored Governor Malloy's request and followed his lead in shaping this tribute to the victims of the Sandy Hook School shootings. Of course, particular institutions can express their remembrance in the way with which they are most comfortable.

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