Posted: Dec 21, 2012 2:34 PM by MTN News
BILLINGS - About 50 faculty, staff and students gathered at Montana State University Billings on Friday to honor the memory of the victims of last week's tragic deaths of students and educators in Newtown, Conn.
During an observed moment of silence at 9:30 a.m., the MSU Billings community gathered in Peaks to Plains Park to quietly reflect on the loss of the 20 schoolchildren and six adults who died in a shooting rampage one week ago.
Chancellor Rolf Groseth said the short ceremony was fitting for a university has students and teachers at the heart of its mission. A moment of silence, he said, gave the MSU community an opportunity to reflect on lives cut short and potential unrealized.
The bell at Peaks to Plains was then tolled 26 times for each of the victims.
Similar remembrances were held at 9:30 a.m. local time across the country, which was the time when the assault occurred on Dec. 14 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.