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Arizona lawmakers introduce bills to turn Jan. 8 memorial into national memorial

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TUCSON - Arizona lawmakers are working on turning the soon-to-be-completed January 8th memorial into a national memorial.

On Jan. 8, 2011, six people were killed and 13 wounded after a mass shooting occurred during a "Congress On Your Corner" event at Tucson grocery store. Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head in connection to the shooting.

To help Tucsonans and the rest of the nation remember this horrific event, a memorial in tribute to the day was planned to be constructed at the historic Presidio Courtyard in Downtown Tucson. The grand opening for the memorial was projected to be held on Jan. 8, 2021.

On the ninth anniversary of the tragic day in the Old Pueblo, Rep. Ann Kirk Patrick, and senators Martha McSally and Kyrsten Sinema introduced bills to the House and Senate requesting members of Congress to affiliate the National Park System with the memorial.

“The heartbreaking attack that took place nine years ago today didn’t just impact my hometown of Tucson, it shook the nation. The memorial will honor the victims but also celebrate the resilience of my community, and that resilience deserves to be elevated,” said Kirkpatrick. “I am proud to work with my Arizona colleagues on introducing this legislation shining a light, nationally, on the good resilience that can defeat hateful violence.”

If approved, the memorial would become a national memorial once it is completed.

Nine years ago today, a horrific attack in Tucson shook our community to the core. As Americans, we must all stand united against these senseless acts of violence on our representative government,” McSally said. “Our bill will allow for a permanent January 8th Memorial as a tribute to the lives lost and as a reminder of what makes our method of governing so great.”

Anthony Victor Reyes

Anthony Victor Reyes is the lead digital content producer at News 4 Tucson. The award-winning journalist previously worked as a community reporter in Jasper County, Iowa.

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