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January 9, 2011

Spread the word: Moment of Silence Monday 11 am EST.

We at elephant will stand and face the nearest flag at 11 am EST (9 am our time), offering a personal prayer, in Boulder, Colorado tomorrow morning. Join us, and encourage your friends who want to ratchet down angry rhetoric and remember that politics is, from both sides of the aisle and for independents as well, all about serving all Americans. ~ ed.

Background on the shooting of Congresswoman Giffords and others here, here, here, here. Things to do about it here.

From the NY Times:

“Tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. eastern standard time, I call on Americans to observe a moment of silence to honor the innocent victims of the senseless tragedy in Tucson, Arizona, including those still fighting for their lives,” the president said in a statement. “It will be a time for us to come together as a nation in prayer or reflection, keeping the victims and their families closely at heart.”

The president will observe the moment of silence with White House staff on the South Lawn of the White House, the statement said.

…In addition, the president issued a proclamation ordering that flags be flown at half-staff in honor of the victims of the shooting.

Here is the proclamation:

As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on Saturday, January 8, 2011, in Tucson, Arizona, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, January 14, 2011. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this ninth day of January, in the year of our Lord two thousand eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fifth.

BARACK OBAMA

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