At 9:30 Friday morning, church bells throughout Connecticut will ring 26 times as many residents of that state join in a moment of silence in memory of the innocent victims whose lives were taken by a gunman at a school last week.
We in the Ohio Valley ought to join them.
Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy has asked for the moment of silence and ringing of church bells in his state. He specified the bells should sound 26 times in memory of the 20 children and six adults massacred at the school in Newtown, Conn.
On Wednesday, W.Va. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin asked that West Virginians join in ringing the bells and in a moment of silence.
Many, many people in the Northern Panhandle and East Ohio also grieve for those who lost their lives at the school. Quietly, many churches, schools and organizations already have held services and other events to memorialize the victims.
No amount of mourning, whether public or private, can bring back the children and their teachers. But in situations when such great, widespread sadness exists, it sometimes is appropriate to be reminded that our hearts as a community, not just as individuals, have been broken.
Let the bells ring, then. Let them sound from hilltop to hilltop and echo through the valley. And as they do, let us remember the significance of each and every time the bells ring.