AURORA, Colo. -- Community members, along with friends and family of those who were lost in the Aurora theater tragedy gathered Saturday morning to remember the victims lost in the horrific shooting one year ago.
The ceremony started at 8:30 a.m. on the lawn of the Aurora Municipal Center, where Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan and Gov. John Hickenlooper read the names of the 12 victims who died, while ringing a bell in their honor.
Remembering Aurora: One Year Later
"One year ago, a piece of our community was shattered," Mayor Hogan said. "One senseless act... does not define us as a community."
Pastor Reid Hettich of the Mosaic Church of Aurora offered a community prayer, while the Hinkley High School Choir sang "Amazing Grace."
Sam Columna also shared a song that he wrote in remembrance of the victims called "Heroes."
Both Mayor Hogan and Gov. Hickenlooper noted the resilience and strength of the Aurora community, and reiterated that Colorado will never forget the victims.
"All of us, all of us, we always will remember," Gov. John Hickenlooper said.
Comilla Sasson, a doctor at the University of Colorado Hospital, also shared a tearful account of her memories of the tragic day.
A series of healing activities will continue Saturday at the Aurora Municipal Center. Residents are encouraged to volunteer for one of a series of community service projects that have been organized all across the city. The projects include painting an emergency shelter or helping the Food Bank of the Rockies.