One week later, the nation remembers Sandy Hook

Posted on: 6:39 am, December 21, 2012, by , updated on: 10:50am, December 21, 2012

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  • A man re-lights memorial candles that have gone out at one of the corners of downtown where people have left flowers, cards, candles, and other gifts in memory of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

  • A shrine full of teddy bears, flowers, candles and more has grown at the entrance to the street that leads to Sandy Hook Elementary School.

  • A shrine full of teddy bears, flowers, candles and more has grown at the entrance to the street that leads to Sandy Hook Elementary School.

  • A woman lights candles at a tribute near the firehouse adjaceant the Sandy Hook Elementary School, scene of Friday's shooting.

  • A mother and daughter pay respects at a memorial to shooting victims in Newtown, CT.

  • Man pays tribute at the memorial in downtown Newtown on Tuesday.

  • Young girl pays tribute at the Sandy Hook Elementary School Memorial in downtown Newtown on Tuesday.

  • People paying tribute at the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting Memorial in downtown Newtown on Tuesday.

  • Women pays tribute at the memorial in downtown Newtown after the Sandy Hook Elementary School that left 26 dead. (Photo: CNN)

  • Ornaments on Christmas trees near the Sandy Hook fire department bear the names of victims

  • Ornaments on Christmas trees near the Sandy Hook fire department bear the names of victims

  • A woman in a Newtown high school jacket pays her respects at a memorial to shooting victims in the town's center.

  • Adam Lanza reportedly wanted to kill far more than 26, according to a new report. (Photo: CNN)

  • A woman in a Newtown high school jacket pays her respects at a memorial to shooting victims in the town's center.

  • The public continues to add tributes at the memorial near the Newtown firehouse in memory of those killed at Sandy Hook elementary School.

  • Photos of the funeral procession for Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victim Daniel Barden, 7. Barden aspired to be a firefighter, a fact that inspired hundreds of firefighters to participate in his funeral mass and procession through the heart of Newtown, Conn.

  • Photos of the funeral procession for Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victim Daniel Barden, 7. Barden aspired to be a firefighter, a fact that inspired hundreds of firefighters to participate in his funeral mass and procession through the heart of Newtown, Conn.

  • Photos of the funeral procession for Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victim Daniel Barden, 7. Barden aspired to be a firefighter, a fact that inspired hundreds of firefighters to participate in his funeral mass and procession through the heart of Newtown, Conn.

  • Residents in the town of Danbury, Connecticut hold a tribute for the victims of the Sandy Hook massacre on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at Western Connecticut State University.

  • Residents in the town of Danbury, Connecticut hold a tribute for the victims of the Sandy Hook massacre on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at Western Connecticut State University.

  • Residents in the town of Danbury, Connecticut hold a tribute for the victims of the Sandy Hook massacre on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at Western Connecticut State University.

  • A large wooden cross on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 graces the makeshift memorial to Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims. The crosses are part of the Christmas Tree memorial at the center of Newtown, Connecticut.

  • A large wooden cross on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 graces the makeshift memorial to Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims. The crosses are part of the Christmas Tree memorial at the center of Newtown, Connecticut.

  • 26 Christmas trees are part of the makeshift memorial outside the Sandy Hook fire station.

  • 26 Christmas trees are part of the makeshift memorial outside the Sandy Hook fire station.

(CNN) — Since the deadly shootings last Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, family and friends of the victims have gathered to remember and bury loved ones.

At 9:30 a.m., the time the shootings started, people all over the United States and the world paused to honor the six educators and 20 children who were killed at the school.

Moment of silence

On Tuesday, Gov. Dannel Malloy declared that Friday would be a day of mourning in Connecticut. He also was among the first to call for a moment of silence in his state, and he called on other governors to do the same.

After a news conference, state leaders across the country followed suit, including Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado. In many states, flags are flying at half-staff, and government activity came to a stop to honor the moment.

The New York Stock Exchange also started the day of trading by holding a moment of silence, marked by a single bell at 9:30 a.m. The standard opening bell followed one minute later at 9:31 a.m.

Online solidarity

Citizens also are taking it upon themselves to remember the tragedy. The social media savvy took to Twitter, Facebook and other platforms, using #momentforsandyhook to spread the word about the one-week tribute.

Some sites have gone a step further by holding a minute-long blackout on their pages. The campaign, called Web Goes Silent, provided a code that allowed websites to automatically go dark at 9:30 a.m., Friday, with a green ribbon in the foreground to mark the occasion.

Video game cease-fire

The gaming community is showing their support for the people of Newtown by putting down their controllers for the day. GamerFitNation called on gamers online to not play violent games for 24 hours starting at midnight. Instead, gamers participating are posting #OSCEASEFIRE on social media or their video game’s online comment window to show solidarity.

Community solidarity

Towns and communities around the country are planning smaller tributes to stand with Newtown one week later. Many churches and places of worship rang bells 26 times at 9:30 a.m., once for each of the victims. One church in Newtown rang its bells 28 times, to include the victims, the shooter and his mother, Nancy Lanza.

Others planned to release 26 green and white balloons, the colors of Sandy Hook Elementary School. Many have written the names of the victims and attached messages to the balloons.

Support for the families of Sandy Hook Elementary and the Newtown community will continue to pour in even after the one-week commemoration.

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