This morning, bells will ring for the 26 victims who died at the hands of a gunman Dec. 14 in Newtown, Conn.
According to the city of Cartersville, local churches will be ringing their bells 26 times this morning at 9:30 a.m. in memory of the 20 children and six adults from Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Rebecca Bohlander, city of Cartersville Communications and PR manager, said, “All the ones that have been contacted are participating. The county is going to ring the one at the [Bartow County Government Annex].”
The Bartow Baptist Association also contacted churches in the county to take part in the memorial.
According to the Associated Press, “... The Georgia Municipal Association sent an email to its members urging them to consider it.”
“We just made them aware of what Mayor Copeland was doing and passed along his request that every city consider taking a similar action,” said Bill Thornton, deputy executive director of the Georgia Municipal Association.
In Athens, students will ring the University of Georgia Chapel bell 26 times, the university announced Wednesday.
Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy has proclaimed Friday a day of mourning. Some churches outside Connecticut and Georgia have also announced plans to ring their bells Friday morning.