'Remembering January 8th' Community Events
"Remembering January 8th" is a community-wide effort that will commemorate the first anniversary of the tragic day in 2011 when U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and 18 other people were shot during a public event held at a Tucson shopping center. Six of the shooting victims died that day. This year, in order to honor Tucson’s response in the aftermath of this tragedy, many community and grassroots organizations have come together to provide a variety of commemorative events that will take place throughout January 2012. RememberingJanuary8.org is the public’s source for information regarding these ongoing events throughout Tucson. This website also allows visitors to submit related events and share personal stories about the impact of January 8th on their lives.
The events scheduled for Jan. 8 include:
7 a.m. | Ben’s Bells Distribution
Hundreds of Ben’s Bells will be randomly distributed throughout Tucson in memory of those we lost on January 8th, 2011, and in gratitude for our beautifully supportive community. Location: Ben’s Bells Main Gate, 816 E. University Blvd. Contact: 520-628-2829.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. | A Day of Kindness at the Children’s Museum Tucson
Join Ben’s Bells at the Children’s Museum Tucson For a Day of Kindness. Ben’s Bells invites families to gather to sign the Kindness Contract, to paint Kindness Coins and to hang Kindness Wishes in the trees at the Museum. The Museum will serve as a gathering point for families to celebrate the kindness in our community. Location: Children’s Museum Tucson. Contact: 520-792-9985 (Children’s Museum), 520-628-2829 (Ben’s Bells).
1 p.m. | "We Remember, We Celebrate, We Believe" Interfaith Service
All faith communities in Tucson are invited to join in commemoration of both the tragedy and the triumph of Jan. 8, 2011. The service will consist of prayer, music, reflections, dance and the participation of those attending. The service will include Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Baha’i and Sikh traditions of prayer. Location: St. Augustine Cathedral, 192 S. Stone Ave.
3 p.m. | Reflections: Honoring the lives of January 8 shooting victims
A series of talks reflecting on the lives of Congresswoman Giffords and those who were killed on Jan. 8. Speakers include: Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo. (for Congresswoman Giffords), U.S. District Judge Raner Collins (John Roll, chief judge of the U.S. District of Arizona), for Arizona State University President Lattie Coor (for Gabe Zimmerman), Serenity Hammerich (for Christina-Taylor Green), Giffords' staffer Ron Barber (for Dorwan Stoddard), classical music (for Phyllis Schneck). Location: Centennial Hall, University of Arizona, 1020 E. University Blvd.
6:30 p.m. | Candlelight Vigil on University of Arizona Mall
TheTucson Symphony Orchestra will perform, and confirmed speakers include Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, Giffords' surgeon Dr. Peter Rhee of The University of Arizona Medical Center and Giffords' husband Mark Kelly.
More events are listed on the RememberingJanuary8 website.