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Bells To Toll For Sandy Hook Shooting Victims

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Twenty seven wooden stand in a yard down the street from the Sandy Hook School on Dec. 16, 2012 in Newtown, Conn. (credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Twenty seven wooden stand in a yard down the street from the Sandy Hook School on Dec. 16, 2012 in Newtown, Conn. (credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut’s governor is calling for houses of worship to mark the first anniversary of the Newtown school shooting by ringing their bells 26 times _ once for each of the victims killed inside Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Last year Gov. Dannel P. Malloy asked for bells to toll exactly one week after the Dec. 14 shooting.

He writes in an op-ed piece this weekend that he hopes houses of worship and other organizations will do the same thing next Saturday for people to grieve and to find the “spirit of compassion and togetherness” that emerged in the days after the tragedy.

On the anniversary the governor is urging people to donate to a charity, volunteer in their communities or appreciate time spent with friends and family.

 

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