Dec. 21, 2012 — -- Incessant rain and a dreary morning failed to keep onlookers away from a moment-of-silence memorial in Newtown, Conn., to pay their respects to the 26 people who were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Officials scheduled the event to recognize victims of the massacre that began at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 14, when gunman Adam Lanza shot his way into Sandy Hook elementary and launched a shooting spree at the school, taking 26 lives, including 20 children, and then his own.
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Tents and plastic were used to protect the stuffed animals, candles, notes and pictures that mourners have set up in the town. Flags in Newtown, Conn., which encompasses the village of Sandy Hook, are flying at half-staff.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman and Newtown First Selectman Patricia Llodra, together with other local elected officials, convened on the steps of Edmond Town Hall in Newtown for the moment of silence.
They congregated on the steps at 9:28 a.m., with the moment of silence beginning at 9:30 a.m.
President Obama also took part in the moment of silence at the White House. The White House tweeted this morning, "20 beautiful children & 6 remarkable adults. Together, we will carry on & make our country worthy of their memory. -bo #MomentForSandyHook." The "-bo" signature means the tweet was sent by the President himself.
Bells from nearby Trinity Episcopal Church rang 26 times this morning in memory of each life lost at Sandy Hook Elementary School, as did the bells at the National Cathedral in Washington.
No formal remarks were made during the memorial.
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Malloy has proclaimed today a "day of mourning" in Connecticut, asking residents statewide to participate in the moment of silence. He also wrote the nation's governors, inviting each state in the country to participate in the reflection on this day.
Lanza, 20, fatally shot his mother last Friday and then entered Sandy Hook elementary by shooting his way through a window to gain entry. From there, he gunned down and killed 26 people, including 20 children.