Pittsburgh is asking people across the globe to observe a moment of silence at noon Friday in respect for 11 people killed Oct. 27 at Tree of Life synagogue in Squirrel Hill.
The city has organized a public “Rally for Peace” that starts at noon and will last about an hour and 20 minutes — rain or shine — at Point State Park, Downtown.
“We are asking the world to join us at 12 noon Eastern Standard Time for a one minute moment of silence,” Mayor Bill Peduto said Wednesday. “No matter where you are at 12 noon, we’re asking everybody to pause for one minute to pray for peace.”
The speakers list includes elected officials, dignitaries and special guests, according to Councilman Corey O’Connor of Squirrel Hill. Neither he nor Peduto would confirm the guest list.
“We’re hearing that there’s going to be some special guests,” O’Connor said. “One was recently here, and the other one’s from here is what I’ve been told.”
Peduto said the event will provide an opportunity for Pittsburgh to come together in a “very special way.” He could not estimate anticipated crowd size but said he’s asked planners to expect a full park. He’s requested a big-screen TV for the Downtown side of the Portal Bridge.
“It will recognize the victims first,” Peduto said. “It will recognize the Jewish community. It will recognize our country, our city, what makes us special, and pull together for a prayer in the end that hopefully will leave people feeling a little bit better than when they got there. I think the people in Pittsburgh and beyond will take great pride how we can gather together for this.”
Bob Bauder is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Bob at 412-765-2312, [email protected] or via Twitter @bobbauder.