Old Lyme church to hold vigil for Florida shooting victims

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OLD LYME, Conn. (WTNH)–The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme announced that it will hold a bell-ringing vigil on the front lawn of its church on Sunday, February 18, at 4 p.m.

The bell will be rung in its steeple 17 times, once for each of the victims of the recent mass shooting in Parkland, Florida. The community is invited to attend.Related: ‘Moms Demand Action’ group pleading for gun reform

“In times past, bells were used in small New England villages as a way of drawing people out of their homes to announce times of worship, celebration and mourning – but also as a way of sounding an alarm, of calling a community to action,” said Senior Minister Steve Jungkeit.

“We invite the entire Old Lyme community to come out of their homes and join us, as we remember the 17 individuals who lost their lives to the recent gun violence in Parkland, Florida. The somber tolls will not only remind us of each precious life lost, they will also serve as an alarm, calling us to attention as a community – providing loud, resonant, insistent reminders of the insanity of firearms in this country. As a country, we need the clarion call of a bell to rouse us from our national slumber. We need to improve our society and change the way we live.”Related: Connecticut lawmakers react to Florida shooting, plead for gun reform

The church held vigils after the mass shootings in Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs, Texas.

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