Monday, 10 January 2011

moment of silence

moment of silence

President Obama oversaw American with a moment of silence on Monday for the victims of the Arizona shooting. Standing in sombre mood with his wife, Michelle, their heads bowed, overlooking the South Lawn of the White House. They stepped outside and upon the solitary toll of a bell made by a Marine guard, silence fell in Washington and across the nation.

Hundreds of Congressional aides gathered on the steps of the East Front of the Capitol to mark the moment. The dead included a member of their own ranks, Gabriel M. Zimmerman, the director of community outreach for Representative Gabrielle Giffords; Mr. Zimmerman had been organizing the sort of constituent event that many staff members have attended themselves without much concern about public safety. Most lawmakers remained in their home states and districts.

So the victims of the Arizona tragedy are paid a fitting salute to by Americans today and all overseen by president Obama.

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