Memorial to Honor January 8th Victims & Heroes

Community-Driven Process to Honor Jan. 8th  Victims & Heroes Under Way

The public is encouraged to submit ideas for a tribute to honor the victims and heroes of Tucson’s tragic shootings on Jan. 8, 2011.

Inspired by the spirit that gave rise to the spontaneous memorials at University Medical Center, Safeway and U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ district office, the Tucson Pima Arts Council is collecting ideas on how best to pay tribute to the victims and to the resilience shown by Tucsonans in the wake of the day’s terrible events.

What feelings should the permanent memorial invoke? What ideas do you have for projects or sites? Please email your ideas to: memorial@tucsonpimaartscouncil.org.

About the Jan. 8th Memorial Project

Spearheading the effort to plan and create a sensitive, community-driven memorial is the January 8th Memorial Foundation, a not-for-profit organization established to honor and remember those involved in the tragic shooting of Jan. 8th. Along with the Fund for Civility, Respect and Understanding, members of former Rep. Giffords’ office, University Medical Center, Safeway and the Pima County Attorney’s Office Victim Services Division, TPAC is assisting the Foundation in its efforts.

What Has Been Accomplished

  • Beyond is an annual community-wide event commemorating Jan. 8th that is held outdoors on the first Saturday of every year. Beyond is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of our community through outdoor activity. See a Schedule of 2013 Beyond Events.
  • Hundreds of remembrances and keepsakes placed at Rep. Giffords’ office, UMC and Safeway have been organized and archived by the University of Arizona Library Special Collections. These mementos are now a permanent part of Tucson history and will be treated with dignity and respect.
  • Initial meetings have been held with individuals directly affected by the shooting in order to ensure that their thoughts, concerns and desires are reflected in the memorial’s planning.

Next Steps

  • Ongoing collection of ideas and suggestions from the public about how best to memorialize the tragic and heroic events of Jan. 8th, including a series of public forums.
  • The identification and evaluation of memorial site opportunities.
  • A permanent repository for organizing and storing the memorial archives.
  • Achieving funding support for and undertaking the design and building of the memorial(s), including providing for their maintenance in perpetuity.
Spontaneous memorial for the victims of Jan 8th
Spontaneous memorial for the victims of Jan. 8th
Courtesy of the Fund for Civility.


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