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Norwalkers urged to commemorate victims of Sandy Hook

Norwalk residents are being urged to observe a moment of silence Saturday morning in memory of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings on the first-year anniversary of the massacre.

Mayor Harry Rilling suggests the city pause at 9:30 a.m. Saturday to commemorate the 26 victims of the attack.

In a statement issued earlier in the week, Rilling said: "The emotions that drew our community together in shared pain and sadness remain fresh even a year later. Of course, this is especially true for the loved ones of those who lost their lives in the senseless shootings. It is appropriate for Norwalk residents to join once again, express condolences to our neighbors in Newtown and solidify our resolve to ensure such events do not happen again."

Rilling also endorsed Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's request that houses of worship observe a moment of mourning by ringing their bells 26 times at 9:30 a.m. Saturday to honor the Sandy Hook victims.

"Ringing the bells will allow us all to mourn the tragedy of a year ago and to remind ourselves of our obligation to work toward a better community," Rilling said. "Even as we grieve over the events of a year ago, we can use this occasion to express a collective determination to enhance our neighborhood, boost our community and find harmony with our fellow citizens.

"I encourage donation to a local charity, volunteering time in the community and simple acts of kindness to one another."