Incessant rain and a dreary morning did not stop onlookers from coming to a moment of silence memorial in Newtown, Conn. to pay their respects to the 26 people that were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary.
The moment of recognition of the tragedy, where at 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 14 gunman Adam Lanza shot his way into Sandy Hook Elementary and launched a deadly shooting spree at the school, taking 26 lives, including 20 children, then his own.
Tents and plastic were set up to protect all of the stuffed animals, candles, notes, and pictures that mourners have set up in the town. Today flags in Newtown, Conn., the town the village of Sandy Hook lays in, are flying at half mast.
Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman and Newtown First Selectman Patricia Llodra, together with other local elected officials convened on the steps of Edmond Town Hall in Newtown for the moment of silence.
The officials congregated on the steps at 9:28 a.m., with the moment of silence beginning at 9:30 a.m.
President Obama also took part in the moment of silence at the White House. On Friday morning the White House tweeted, "20 beautiful children & 6 remarkable adults. Together, we will carry on & make our country worthy of their memory. -bo #MomentForSandyHook." The "-bo" signature means the tweet was sent by the President himself.
Bells from nearby Trinity Episcopal Church rang 26 times, in memory of each life lost at Sandy Hook Elementary School, during the memorial, as did the bells at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. No formal remarks were made during the memorial.
Malloy has proclaimed today a "day of mourning" in Connecticut, asking residents statewide to participate in the moment of silence. He also wrote the nation's governors, inviting each state in the country to participate in the reflection on this day.
On Dec. 14, 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shot his mother then entered Sandy Hook elementary by shooting his way through a window to gain entry. From there he gunned down and killed 26 people, including 20 children.