2012-12-21


Allegheny County to Observe Moment of Silence for Victims of Sandy Hook

Urges Other Governments, Organizations in County to Join

 PITTSBURGH – Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald announced this morning that the County will remember the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting with a moment of silence this morning at 9:30 a.m.  The recognition is being repeated throughout the state and country as Connecticut is joined in its day of mourning from residents throughout the nation.

“Last Friday, many across this nation stopped as the news about the tragedy in Connecticut spread.  Then, like today, our thoughts and prayers are with the families and officials there,” said County Executive Fitzgerald.  “By joining in this moment of silence we honor the victims and their families, as well as an entire community that is still struggling with this tragedy. I urge other governments and organizations within this County to observe this national moment of silence as well.”

In addition to many governments and organizations throughout the county recognizing the moment of silence, many major websites will also go dark as part of the national moment of silence with more than 100,000 peoples and sites having pledged to participate.  People and companies are also spreading the word by tweeting their intention to go quiet with the hashtag #momentforSandyHook.

County Executive Fitzgerald will be visiting the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf at 9:30 a.m. this morning, but intends to observe the moment of silence along with the staff, faculty and students there.

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