Hawaii to join nationwide moment of silence for Newtown victims

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - In memory of the 27 lives tragically lost last week in Newtown, Conn., Gov. Neil Abercrombie has asked that the people of Hawaii join others from Connecticut and across the country in a moment of silence, to be observed in Hawaii at 9:30 a.m. this Friday, Dec. 21, 2012.

In a letter dated Tuesday to U.S. governors, Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy asked all states to consider joining the people of Connecticut in observing the moment of silence at 9:30 a.m., in their respective time zones, on Dec. 21, which has been declared a "Day of Mourning" in Connecticut. He went on to acknowledge the outpouring of compassion from other states and around the world.

"Too often, we focus on what divides us people, instead of what binds us together as human beings," Gov. Malloy wrote. "The sense of community that has emerged in the wake of this tragedy should not be lost as we begin to emerge from this national tragedy. I ask you to join with me and the citizens of Connecticut to remember the loved ones lost last Friday."

Gov. Malloy also asked places of worship and government buildings in Connecticut to ring bells 26 times in honor of each life lost at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Gov. Abercrombie encourages Hawaii facilities that have the capability to join in this gesture.

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