Tucson, LA mayors call for Jan. 8 memorial bell-ringing
The mayors of Tucson and Los Angeles are calling on mayors across the country to lead their cities in ringing bells to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Jan. 8 shootings.
L.A.'s Antonio Villaraigosa, the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, said his fellow leaders should "affirm our commitment to a new civility in politics."
Mayor Jonathan Rothschild asked Tucsonans to "rededicate ourselves to coming together as a community, as we did in the aftermath of the shooting."
Tucsonans should ring a bell at 10:11 a.m. Sunday morning — the time of the shootings — "in honor of the victims and survivors of this tragedy," a press release from his office said.
"I would like to thank Mayor Villaraigosa for his leadership in promoting the U.S. Conference of Mayors' Civility Accord," Rothschild said.
"I would also like to thank my fellow mayors for standing with Tucson as we remember the pain of that day but also the coming together as a community that was so strongly apparent in the moments and days after the shooting and which persists to this day," he said.
Churches around the city are scheduled to ring their bells Sunday morning in remembrance of the shooting victims.
Six were killed and 13 others wounded in the attack, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
Vigils marking the anniversary are scheduled to take place around the country — many organized by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. The victims of Jan. 8 will be remembered at ceremonies in Washington, D.C., Chicago, Detroit, Fort Wayne, Ind. and elsewhere.
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