Blog: Moment of silence Friday for Sandy Hook

12:26 AM, Dec 21, 2012   |    comments
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There will be a national moment of silence at 9:30 a.m. EST Friday in memory of the Sandy Hook school massacre last week.

Will this signal an end, of sorts, to the horrible feeling that has overshadowed all our lives for the last week? No, but it's a start

It was at that time that Adam Lanza forced his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut and began his senseless rampage that left 20 small children dead and six staff members dead before he turned the gun on himself.

With all the ammunition he was carrying, law enforcement said he likely planned to kill many more children and staff members but heard first responders enter the school and ran out of time.

People, businesses and communities are tweeting their intention for the moment of silence with the hashtag #momentforSandyHook.

Some websites have said they will go dark for one minute to observe the moment of silence. President Obama has asked the country for a moment of silence as well.

Many people have said that they are still numb from hearing the news about the shootings and have felt guilty about going about their regular routines or holiday shopping.

While we surely need to remember those children and their families and pray for them, letting what Adam Lanza did affect how we live our lives is not the kind of legacy we should take away from this tragedy.

We should make a positive change in our lives and the lives of our families to show how good people respond when bad things happen. After all, the future is not promised to anyone and no one lives forever.

It's what you make of the time you have that is important.

At the end of the last Indiana Jones movie, Professor Harold Oxley, played by actor John Hurt, had a memorable line: "How much of human life is lost in waiting."

Stop waiting.


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