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Gov. Calls for Bells to Toll Dec. 14 for Newtown

A U.S. flag, second from left, flies at half-staff honoring the victims that died a day earlier when a gunman opened fire at an elementary school, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, in Newtown, Conn.  The massacre of 26 children and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary school elicited horror and soul-searching around the world even as it raised more basic questions about why the gunman, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, would have been driven to such a crime and how he chose his victims. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)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 at 9:30 a.m. 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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