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Posted Jan 9, 2011, 6:21 pm
President Barack Obama called for a moment of silence "to honor the innocent victims of the senseless tragedy" at 9 a.m. Tucson time Monday.
"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. 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," Obama said in a release.
The President will observe the moment of silence with White House staff on the South Lawn, the White House press release said.
Sunday, the President has signed a proclamation ordering U.S. flags to be flown at half-staff until sunset Jan. 14 "as a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on Saturday."