In remembrance of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is asking residents in this state to observe a moment of silence Friday morning.In a special proclamation released by the governor's office this afternoon, Jindal is asking us all to observe a moment of silence at 9:30 a.m. in remembrance of the 26 victims killed in the school shooting.

Louisiana will be participating with all the other states in our time zone in observing the moment of silence.  The moment of silence will be held at 9:30 a.m. in each time zone, moving west across America.  Churches are also being asked to toll their bells 26 times.

Below is Jindal's proclamation:


WHEREAS, the senseless tragedy that occurred last week at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut took the lives of 26 innocent children and adults;

WHEREAS, Connecticut Governor Daniel Malloy has invited all states to stand with the citizens of Connecticut during a moment of silence to mark one week since these victims lost their lives;

WHEREAS, although the grief that the families of these victims are facing is unimaginable, the people of Louisiana grieve with them and our prayers of peace go out to them;

WHEREAS, we honor the selfless bravery shown by the teachers, administrators and first responders who protected the children and others inside the school from further harm;

NOW THEREFORE I, BOBBY JINDAL, Governor of the State of Louisiana, by virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution and laws of the State of Louisiana, do hereby order and direct as follows:

SECTION 2: Therefore, I encourage all Louisianians to pause with their fellow Americans around our nation at 9:30AM, December 21, 2012 to mourn for the lives lost in this terrible tragedy.

SECTION 3:  I also ask that places of worship and buildings, which have the ability, to ring bells 26 times during this moment of silence.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have set my hand officially and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of Louisiana, at the Capitol, in the City of Baton Rouge, on this 20th day of December, 2012.