Bell ringing to take place Jan. 8 commemorating 10-year anniversary of Tucson shooting

Bell ringing to take place Jan. 8 commemorating 10-year anniversary of Tucson shooting
Survivors and victims of the January 8 shooting tour the memorial for the first time. (Source: Gerry Loew)

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Jan. 8 will mark the 10-year anniversary of the shooting that claimed six lives and wounded 13 others in Tucson.

One of the survivors was former United States Representative Gabby Giffords.

In commemoration of the tragedy, a ‘bell-ringing’ will be held at the Historic County Courthouse. The event will be closed to the public, but the ceremony may be viewed on Pima County’s Facebook page.

The event will include:

  • Presentation of flags from an honor guard comprising representatives from the Northwest Fire District, Pima County Sheriff’s Department and other first responders.
  • Remarks from former Congressman Ron Barber, who was one of the victims injured in the incident.
  • Prayer offered by Rev. Joe Fitzgerald, Banner University Medical Center chaplain.
  • Bell ringing at exactly 10:10 a.m. to coincide with when the first shots were fired.

The ceremony will be followed by an eight-minute video reviewing some of the events of that day; an introduction to the memorial and how it came together; and reactions of some of the survivors and family members of the victims.

The memorial is located just west of the Historic Courthouse in El Presidio Park. It’s called “Embrace” and tells the story of the lives lost and people wounded at the hand of a gunman on Jan. 8, 2011.

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