Moment of silence at 9:30 a.m. Friday for people of Newtown, Conn.

Gov. Chris Gregoire asks that Washingtonians observe a moment of silence at 9:30 a.m. local time Friday out of respect for the families devastated by the murders at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

The U.S. Postal Service has established an address for messages of compassion and condolence to the community of Newtown.

The address is: Messages of Condolence for Newtown, P.O. Box 3700, Newtown, CN 06470. The USPS will work with local community groups there to help distribute the messages.

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy issued a proclamation declaring Friday, Dec. 21, to be a day of mourning throughout Connecticut. “In solidarity with the people of that state, and recognizing that the deaths of these 20 children and six educators is a national tragedy, Gov. Gregoire requests Washingtonians join in this moment of quiet reflection,” the governor’s office reported.

“We are all heartbroken by this senseless violence,” Gregoire said in the announcement. “Mike and I often think of those parents who will never again hug their first-graders. The courageous acts of the staff at Sandy Hook were truly selfless and heroic. The people of Newtown will long be in our prayers.”

In a letter to Gregoire, Malloy wrote, “In the last few days, the outpouring of love and compassion from your state and from around the world has been overwhelming, and the people of Connecticut will be forever grateful.”

In Connecticut, places of worship will ring bells 26 times Friday in honor of each life taken at Sandy Hook Elementary.

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