On Friday, Aurora victims, their families, and the city they call home began a week of mourning, but the heroes of the movie theater shooting have a chance to shine as well.
In a special ceremony on Friday, the Aurora theater shooting victims will be honored with a moment of silence in front of the iconic “Star of David” monument.
In addition to the memorial service, the victims will also be honored by a candlelight vigil, which will be held at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19 at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. The vigil will feature local artists including Daniel Soto, who designed the memorial for the shooting victims and the movie theaters, as well as the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the U of Virginia University, and more.
The victims will have the opportunity to speak with a special panel of survivors and loved ones from the theater shooting.
These survivors will also have the chance to receive an award from Aurora’s Mayor Joe Hogsett.
The special ceremony will take place in the center of the Capitol at the U, the National Memorial and Museums, and will also feature the shooting victim’s friends and family, who will also receive an opportunity to participate in the memorial ceremony.
The Capitol Police have confirmed that the ceremony will be streamed live on their website and social media, and that attendees can find the ceremony in their area.
The shooting victims’ families will also speak at the ceremony.
One of the victims’ sisters, Stephanie, is the wife of actor/comedian George Takei, and she spoke with reporters on Friday.
She said that the shooting was a “huge loss for our family and for us,” and that she hopes the victims can “continue the healing process.”
“This has not been a happy week, and I don’t think it’s going to get any better,” she said.
“I hope we can continue to be in the moment.”
The Aurora theater was packed on Friday night, and some of the best seats in the building were empty, according to a local ABC affiliate.
The Aurora theater has more than 200 seats in its theaters, and as of Friday morning, the theater was still filling up.
On Saturday, the memorial will be in front the Capitol, with a ceremony scheduled for 1 p., 4 p. and 8 p., according to the Aurora Independent.
A number of local artists will also participate in their efforts to honor the victims.
Hogsett said that this is an “important moment” in the grieving process, but that the survivors of the shooting “need to find comfort in the knowledge that we will never be able to fully heal the wounds inflicted by our actions, and we can never heal this pain.”
“The victims and their families deserve a moment like this, and they deserve a space that will give them the comfort and healing that they so desperately need,” Hogsett said.