Local Sandy Hook memorials include planting of weeping willow, vigils



Posted on December 21, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Updated Friday, Dec 21 at 11:23 AM

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NEW ORLEANS - Friday marks one week since the tragic shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

On Friday morning, people all around the country will observe a moment of silence at 8:30 a.m. to remember the victims.

Governor Bobby Jindal has joined the call asking for a moment of silence across Louisiana, and churches rang their bells 26 times to honor the 26 victims (20 of them children.)

Funerals for the victims have been taking place in Connecticut throughout the week.

Cornerstone United Methodist Church at 5276 Bullard Ave. in New Orleans East will hold a candlelight memorial at 5 p.m. Friday.

The church hopes to fill the parking lot with people.

At 11 a.m. Friday, Riverdale Middle School on Jefferson Ave. in Metairie will hold a service in which the students will plant a weeping willow tree. Students will also release balloons that carry messages.

The National Rifle Association will hold a news conference on Friday. The group has tweeted about President Barack Obama supporting gun control measures, including reinstating the assault weapons ban. The NRA promised to make meaningful contributions to make sure an incident like Sandy Hook never happens again.