A national moment of silence was held Friday morning for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Church bells echoed across the country to remember those lives lost one week ago. The nation paused while 26 bells rang, each in honor of the 20 students and six teachers who were killed last Friday.
The Newtown community led the remembrance ceremony. Connecticut's governor declared Friday a "day of mourning" in the state. He asked for all houses of worship to ring bells 26 times during the moment of silence.
Last week's grief quickly led this week to renewed debates, on gun control and mental health. But those debates ceased Friday morning, as somber faces gathered in Richmond, across the commonwealth, and across the country to remember lives lost.
At the Capitol in Richmond, Governor Bob McDonnell participated in the moment of silence to honor the shooting victims. The governor's poignant remarks gave way to chiming bells - 26 times for 26 victims.
Churches in Charlottesville also paid tribute. At 9:30 a.m., Friday bells tolled in Charlottesville at Saint Paul's Memorial Church. The UVA Chapel also rang its church bells for the victims.
Even some major websites went dark Friday morning to honor the victims, including AOL and the Huffington Post.
Thursday Governor McDonnell issued an executive order establishing a task force to review Virginia school and campus safety in light of this tragedy. When we spoke with him Friday morning, he said no matter what party or ideology you subscribe to, it is clear everyone wants the violence to end.