The Newtown Shootings: Patch, Pennsylvania to Take Part in Moment of Silence

Our Patches across the country will take part in a Web Moment of Silence on Friday, and Gov. Tom Corbett has requested that state residents pause to remember those lost last week.

Gov. Tom Corbett has asked for a statewide moment of silence at 9:30 a.m. Friday, and Patches across the country will join in a Web Moment of Silence to remember the victims of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary Schoolin Newtown, CT.

The moment of silence was requested by Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, who issued a proclamation calling on the citizens of Connecticut to observe Dec. 21, 2012, as a day of mourning. Malloy sent a letter to all the nation's governors asking them to observe a moment of silence in remembrance of the fallen.

Patch sites across the country will mark the tragedy at 9:30 a.m. EST.

Among other sites taking part in the Web Moment of Silence are AOL, Adobe, Foursquare, Hacker News, Duke University Jawbone, Salesforce and others.

“We take this opportunity to think of all the people in Connecticut whose happiness was shattered in just a few minutes one week ago. We mourn the loss of these innocent lives and pray for their heartbroken families and friends who are coping with their grief,’’ Corbett said.

“I invite all Pennsylvanians to join me in this moment of respect and reflection,’’ Corbett said.

After learning of the school shooting last Friday, Corbett immediately ordered Pennsylvania flags lowered to half-staff.

On Wednesday, Connecticut's governor asked governors across the country to join the residents of his state in the moment of reflection Friday.

Malloy said the tragedy has extended “beyond Newtown, beyond the borders of Connecticut, and has spread across the nation and the world."

In Connecticut, Malloy has also requested that all houses of worship and government buildings to ring bells 26 times during that moment in honor of each of the victims killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

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