ARCADIA, Fla. - There was a moment of silence held nationwide Friday morning for the victims of the Sandy Hook massacre. Folks in Arcadia gathered to remember those lost one week ago.
They prayed and observed a moment of silence at 9:30, about the time the shootings began.
One by one the names of those lost in the Newtown tragedy were read and honored.
"I have a grandson, his name is Chase and so every time they say that name it just really hits. It could happen to any of us, it could happen to our schools," says Lori Coker.
A sad reality that hit home for folks who gathered around a make-shift memorial in Downtown Arcadia Friday morning to pray for the person in every picture and those families left behind.
"I think about these families that are going to wake up Christmas morning and probably already have gifts underneath their tree for these kids and the kids aren't gonna be there. I hope and pray that everybody will take a least a few minutes on Christmas morning and think about those families," Coker adds.
At 9:30, everyone was silent. Afterwards bells at several churches in town chimed.
"The difference that will happen in the lives as a result of this tragedy, what Christmas will be like, what the next year will be like, what the school will be like without these teachers and these kids," says Pastor Brian Russell.
"Our community needed to stand up and show these people that we care," says Coker.