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Historic Berkeley County Courthouse bell to be rung in memory of Sandy Hook School victims

December 20, 2012

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The bell in the historic Berkeley County Courthouse in Martinsburg will be rung 26 times Friday morning to honor the memory of those who died in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, Berkeley County Council President William L. “Bill” Stubblefield announced.

The ceremony will be at 9:30 a.m. at the courthouse at 100 W. King St. in coordination with Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s request that all state residents observe a moment of silence beginning at that time.

Churches and government buildings, with the capability, have been asked by the governor to ring their bells 26 times in memory of each victim.

“I spoke to Connecticut Gov. Malloy and told him people across our state are praying for the families and friends of those affected by last week’s terrible events,” Tomblin said in a news release.

“While we can’t begin to understand their pain, we hope they find comfort in the very difficult days ahead. I ask West Virginians to continue to keep the families in your thoughts and prayers and observe a moment of silence on Friday morning at 9:30,” Tomblin said.

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