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One week after Sandy Hook shooting, a simple remembrance

On Friday in Newtown, Conn., Gov. Dannel Malloy and local officials bowed their heads, and a bell tolled 26 times. The moment of silence was repeated at the White House and in 29 states.

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Officials including Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy observe a moment of silence on the steps of Edmond Town Hall while bells ring 26 times in Newtown, Conn., Friday, Dec. 21. The chiming of bells reverberated throughout Newtown, commemorating one week since the Sandy Hook shooting.

Seth Wenig/AP

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As befitting a New England town, the ceremony Friday marking one week since the Sandy Hook shooting was simple.

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) and local officials stood on the portico of Newtown’s Edmond Town Hall on Main Street. At 9:30 a.m., the time of the shooting, they bowed their heads, and a church bell from the nearby Trinity Episcopal Church tolled a somber 26 times, once for each of the victims at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Then, no speeches, no reading of victims’ names, no posing for the scores of camera crews. Instead, everyone turned around, went back inside the building, and hugged one another.

The moment of silence was repeated at the White House and in 29 states. Workers bowed their heads in public offices in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. In Florida, which took time out for the victims, Lake Eola’s fountain in Orlando shone in green and white lights – the colors of the elementary school. And websites ranging from AOL and Huffington Post to ESPN and Duke University all went dark at 9:30, responding to a call from webmomentofsilence.org.

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