Wednesday, December 19, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LILBURN -- Gwinnett churches -- and residents -- will pause to reflect Friday, with the ringing of church bells in honor of the victims of last Friday's deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
Lilburn Mayor Johnny Crist reached out to churches in his community after the mayor of a Henry County city began spreading the inspirational idea.
According to the Georgia Municipal Association, churches are being asked to ring their bells 26 times at 9:30 a.m., the time the shooting began a week ago, ending in the death of 20 children and six adults.
"What do we do to show solidarity?" said Crist, a former pastor. "It's really connected with every school system ... Just on a human personal level to say, this is us; we all hurt about this."
Crist said his own church does not have a carillon to ring, which is the same with many more modern organizations that meet in storefronts, schools or gymnasiums.
But the mayor said he expects as many congregations across the entire state that have the ability to join in bell-ringing.
"I think everyone will come together for this," he said.