When President Barack Obama steps out on the South Lawn of the White House Monday morning, the thoughts of the nation will turn to Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the other victims of an assassination attempt against her.
Obama will lead the nation in a moment of silence to honor the congresswoman and the six people killed and 14 wounded in Saturday’s shooting outside a Tucson supermarket.
“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,” he said Sunday in a statement.
The Supreme Court plans to convene early so the justices can observe the moment of silence.
Giffords, 40, remained in intensive care at a Tucson hospital after being shot in the head at close range. Among those killed were Arizona’s chief federal judge, a 9-year-old girl interested in government, and one of Giffords’ aides.