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Millennium Carillon Bell to Toll in Remembrance of Sandy Hook Victims

"Big Joe" bell to ring 26 times on Friday to coincide with the "Day of Mourning" proclaimed by by Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy.

As the nation continues to mourn after last week's tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, Naperville will honor and remember each life lost on Friday. 

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Naperville Millennium Carillon's “Big Joe” bell – the largest bell of the 72 housed in Moser Tower – will toll 26 times on Friday, Dec. 21 at 8:30 a.m. in remembrance of Sandy Hook victims.

The event will coincide with the “Day of Mourning” proclaimed by Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, which will begin with a moment of silence at 9:30 a.m. EST. Malloy also asked for houses of worship and government buildings in his state and across the nation to participate by ringing bells to honor each of the lives taken.

“Tragedies like these touch all of our lives in some way,” Ray McGury, executive director of the Naperville Park District, said in a release. “We are honored that Naperville can share in remembering those lost in a small, yet symbolic way.”

For more information, visit www.napervilleparks.org.

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FrKevin Pj Coffey December 21, 2012 at 09:01 PM
I'm confused. You start by saying, "As the nation continues to mourn ...Naperville will honor and remember each life lost on Friday," followed by "...will toll 26 times on Friday, Dec. 21 at 8:30 a.m. in remembrance of Sandy Hook victims." So the bells were tolled only for the the victims and not for everyone who lost their life that day. I'm going out on a short limb here and say that everyone who died that day is mourned by someone. In his 1624 prose work,Devotions upon Emergent Occasions, Meditation XVII, the English priest and poet John Donne (1572-1631) wrote: Each man's death diminishes me, For I am involved in mankind. Therefore, send not to know For whom the bell tolls, It tolls for thee. I think the bells should have been tolled 27 times. kpjc+

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