(WMC-TV) - Bells rang out in downtown Memphis Friday morning, coupled with a moment of silence -- both marking the hour a gunman opened fire at a Connecticut elementary school.
The bells rang in downtown Memphis for the victims of a horrific tragedy hundreds of miles away.
"Across the Episcopal Church, we're ringing bells today in solidarity with our sisters and brothers who are still mourning this enormous tragedy," said Reverend Ben Robertson, Calvary Episcopal Church.
Calvary Episcopal Church of Memphis is just one of hundreds in 29 states who are marking the hour, exactly one week ago, when a gunman unleashed a barrage of bullets inside Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
Twenty children, ranging in age from six to seven, four teachers, the shooter's mother, and shooter Adam Lana, were all killed by the violent end of a gun.
So the bell rang 28 times.
"A great sadness. I wish I wasn't doing this today. I wish I was back in my office doing the everyday things of ministry that we're called to do here at Calvary," said Rev. Robertson. "As a father, and as a priest, and just as a Christian, it's a tremendous responsibility and I just wish I wasn't doing it."
It is a sentiment shared by many in Memphis and most intensely in Newtown, Connecticut.