Gov. Sean Parnell has ordered the bell at the Alaska State Capitol to ring 26 times at 9:30 a.m. Friday in memory of the students and faculty members killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., last Friday.
Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy has issued a proclamation declaring this Friday as a “Day of Mourning” and called upon citizens to observe a moment of silence at 9:30 a.m. local time. Malloy also requested places of worship and government buildings, which have the ability, to ring bells 26 times during the moment of silence.
Parnell is asking Alaskans to observe the moment of silence and for churches to ring their bells during that time.
“I urge Alaskans to pause and remember those who lost their lives in this incomprehensible act of violence,” Parnell said. “Sandy (Parnell) and I offer our condolences to the victims’ families, friends and neighbors as our nation continues to grieve this senseless loss.”
In a statement, Parnell’s office said the Alaska governor will send a letter to Malloy offering condolences on behalf of Alaskans.
The bell at the State Capitol is a full-scale replica of the original Liberty Bell. It was given to Alaska by the Treasury Department in 1950.
The bell is rung at the governor’s discretion.