From: The Honorable Raul M. Grijalva
On January 8, 2011, events in Tucson shook our city, our state and the country at large as a gunman targeted a sitting Member of Congress and constituents she was meeting with at a local grocery store. Please join me in offering support for finding and securing
resources for a permanent January 8th memorial site in Tucson, Arizona.
As the members of Congress, many personally impacted by this tragedy, I ask that you co-sign the letter below that asks President Obama to work with federal agencies to assist the community with their goal of a permanent memorial that will pay tribute to
the victims of the January 8, 2011 shooting, including our former colleague, Ms. Gabrielle Giffords.
To sign the letter, please contact Kelsey.Mishkin@mail.house.gov by COB Thursday Aug 11th, 2016.
Aug XX, 2016
Dear President Obama,
On January 8, 2011, events in Tucson shook our city, our state and the country at large as a gunman targeted a sitting Member of Congress and constituents she was meeting with at a local grocery store. Six people lost their lives that day, and 13 more –
including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords – were wounded in a barrage of gunfire.
That attack laid bare the darkest depths of mental illness and gun violence in our nation, but it also brought out signs of our shared humanity that are rarely visible in our national discourse. Less than three weeks after the shooting, as you came to Capitol
Hill for the annual State of the Union address, Members of the House and Senate departed from the longstanding practice of sitting with fellow partisans, instead spending the evening side-by-side with someone from their opposing party. The Arizona delegation
– itself divided with passionate members of both parties – sat together in a show of unity. Throughout the House chamber, black and white lapel ribbons honored the victims of the worst political attack since the Kennedy assassination.
In Tucson, the desert community came together in a spirit of solidarity as three spontaneous memorial sites honored the lives we had lost and the victims struggling to recover. Since then the community has come together to provide strategic planning and
financial support for a permanent memorial. Over the past four years, community leaders, civic organizations, local governments and shooting survivors have worked to select a site and design firm. The plan envisions a memorial that is not only a tribute to
the fallen, but to the local and national response to a heartbreaking tragedy. It will be a place where visitors young and old can learn not only about one horrific event, but about the resilience of a community and the durability of American democracy.
As the members of Congress personally impacted by this tragedy, we ask that you work with federal agencies to help identify and secure federal resources to assist the community with their goal of a permanent memorial that will pay tribute to the victims
of the January 8, 2011 shooting, including our former colleague, Ms. Gabrielle Giffords.