Moment of Silence to be Held Friday

Doylestown community leaders have organized a moment of silence at 9:30 a.m. on Friday

Doylestown-area community leaders have organized a moment of silence Friday morning to show solidarity with the people of Newtown, Conn.

The observance will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, one week after the horrific murders of 20 first-graders and six women at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn.

As in many communities across the country, the organizers also have asked several area religious institutions to toll their bells 28 times, once for each of the children, the school staff, the shooter and his mother. 

The local act of recognition is being organized by an informal group of residents called the Doylestown Kindness Council.

Find the group on Facebook at Kindness Council or on twitter at @KindnessCouncil. The group is organizing other efforts to support one another, promote peace, healing, and kindness in the wake of the school shooting.

The group is also hanging white and green ribbons in the borough over the next few days - the school colors of Sandy Hook Elementary School.

A second community meeting will be held Sunday, Dec 23 from 1 to 2 p.m. at Doylestown Borough Hall to offer support, discuss parenting issues in light of the tragedy and share ideas for collective positive action.

Marlene4Dtown December 20, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Thanks Sarah - yes the group is meeting at State and Main (in front of town Christmas tree) at 9:30am. All are welcome.
Marlene4Dtown December 20, 2012 at 02:17 PM
State and Main Street intersection at 9:30am. All are welcome. Thanks Susan.
Jeff Lugar December 20, 2012 at 06:19 PM
My thoughts exactly.
Donna Soura December 20, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Maybe I am not "kind" enough, but please don't chime for the shooter.
Marlene4Dtown December 21, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Interesting statement that someone sent me today: It matters not how many times the bells toll as long as you remember the bell tolls for thee. As John Donne pointed out, we are all involved in humankind, and we should all feel deeply the pain and human anguish that occurred in Newtown. But counting bells brings no comfort, no solace to the hearts that were broken on that horrible day. So ring the bells once, or a thousand times, or not at all--it doesn't matter if the meaning does not resonate in your heart.


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