"Big Joe" -- the largest of the 72 bells housed in Naperville's Millennium Carillon in Moser Tower -- will toll 26 times at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21, as a symbolic act to remember the lives lost in Newtown, Conn.
The event will coincide with the "day of mourning" proclaimed by Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy that will begin with a moment of silence at 8:30 a.m. Malloy also has asked for houses of worship and government buildings in his state and beyond to participate by ringing bells to honor each of the lives taken.
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"Tragedies like these touch all of our lives in some way," Ray McGury, Naperville Park District executive director, said in a written release. "We are honored that Naperville can share in remembering those lost in a small, yet symbolic way."