U.S. Rep. McSally Announces January 8th National Memorial Legislation

Arizona Congressman Andy Biggs (AZ-05); Marc Salette, Chee Salette Architecture Office; and Arizona Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01)

Arizona Congressman Andy Biggs (AZ-05); Marc Salette, Chee Salette Architecture Office; and Arizona Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Martha McSally will lead members of the Arizona Congressional delegation to introduce legislation this Friday designating a permanent national memorial to honor the victims of the January 8, 2011 shooting in Tucson. The shooting took the lives of six individuals and wounded thirteen more, including former U.S. Representatives Gabrielle Giffords and Ron Barber.

“Six years ago, our community changed forever when 19 people were shot as Representative Giffords met with her constituents,” said Rep. McSally. “This attack on our democracy resulted in six deaths, including the first assassination of a congressional staffer, Gabe Zimmerman, in the line of duty. While the pain and grief for those we lost will always be with us, we also remember how Tucson came together to show courage, compassion, and unity in the face of this tragedy. Our community’s response stood as an example of love for the entire country, and in designating this memorial, we move one step closer to permanently enshrining that spirit and the memory of those killed. My thanks to Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake and my Arizona House colleagues for partnering with me in this effort. I look forward to working with them to move this legislation forward.”

“As we mark six years since the senseless shooting in Tucson that claimed the lives of six innocent Arizonans and injured 13 others, we continue to pray for the families and friends of all those impacted by this terrible tragedy,” said Senator McCain. “The spontaneous memorials that sprang up around our community in the wake of this act of violence clearly conveyed the spirit of solidarity among all Arizonans in the face of such evil. I’m proud to support our community’s effort to build a permanent memorial that will honor the heroism and perseverance of all those killed and wounded, including my friend Gabby Giffords, and thank the brave first responders, law enforcement and community leaders who risked their own lives for the sake of others.”

“January 8th is a day none of us will forget, both for the tragic violence we witnessed as well as for the strength shown by the Tucson community. A permanent memorial will help teach the community about the heartbreak and bravery we saw that day,” said Senator Flake.  

Crystal Kasnoff, Executive Director of Tucson's January 8th Memorial Foundation with U.S. Representative Martha McSally

Crystal Kasnoff, Executive Director of Tucson’s January 8th Memorial Foundation with U.S. Representative Martha McSally

“The Tucson shootings of Congresswoman Giffords and eighteen others were an attack on democracy in the United States,” said Ross Zimmerman, father of former Rep. Giffords staffer Gabe Zimmerman, and a member of Tucson’s January 8th Memorial Foundation. “It was an important event in our country’s history. I appreciate the work of Congresswoman McSally and the entire Arizona Congressional delegation to introduce this legislation and designate a memorial that will become part of the National Park System.”

Rep. McSally’s legislation will establish the January 8th National Memorial as an Affiliated Area of the National Park Service (NPS). The designation will allow the National Park Service to list the January 8th National Memorial as a part of NPS and will recognize the significance of the memorial. Additionally, the bill will allow NPS to engage in activities on the memorial’s grounds as well as include the memorial in any NPS informational materials produced.

A press conference will be held Friday, January 6th following the bill’s introduction. The event will be live-streamed on Rep. McSally’s Facebook page. Please RSVP for the press conference to Patrick Ptak at (202) 603-3100 or Patrick.Ptak@mail.house.gov.