Texas Gov. Rick Perry has declared a moment of silence at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21 to honor and remember the 20 children and six adults killed one week ago in the massacre at Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Perry also is encouraging churches and places of worship to ring their bells 26 times to honor each lost life.
"Though our hearts are heavy with sorrow, we find hope in the stories of courage and bravery that have emerged in the aftermath," Perry said Thursday. "This is an opportunity to join together in the spirit of healing, and in honor of those who were lost."
-- Anna M. Tinsley