Today at 11:00 a.m. ET, the nation will be observing a moment of silence to honor the victims of the shooting in Arizona.
"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," said President Obama in a statement Sunday. "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."
On Sunday, Obama also issued a presidential proclamation surrounding the tragedy:
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, ninth day of January, in two thousand eleven, and United States of America
I have hereunto set my hand this the year of our Lord of the Independence of the the two hundred and thirty-fifth.