Mississippi governor calls for moment of silence Friday for Connecticut victims

By Staff and wire

JACKSON — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has issued a proclamation calling for a statewide moment of silence in remembrance of the victims of last week’s massacre at a school in Connecticut.

Bryant’s proclamation calls on people around the state to observe a moment of silence at 9:30 a.m. Friday. Also, it calls on places of worship and government buildings that have the capability to ring bells 26 times — in honor of the 26 people killed in the shootings at the Sandy Hook school.

Remembrance service organized in Tupelo

TUPELO – First United Methodist is organizing a brief community remembrance Friday in response to calls for a moment of silence and bell ringing to honor the victims in last week’s massacre at a Connecticut school.
Participants will meet at 9:15 a.m. at Fairpark in downtown Tupelo to distribute hand bells. Other local churches are invited to bring hand bells to join the short service.
First Methodist associate pastor Lynn Mote will open prayer before observing a moment of silence at 9:30 a.m. Then they will reach each of the 26 names and toll the bells for each person.
For more information, contact Carean Dendy at carean@fumctupelo.com.