U.S. McSally Introduces Legislation to Designate National Jan. 8 Memorial
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Two days ahead of the sixth anniversary of the January 8, 2011 shooting, U.S. Representative Martha McSally today introduced legislation to designate a permanent January 8th National Memorial. Following the bill’s introduction, she led a press conference in the Gabriel Zimmerman Meeting room in the U.S. Capitol along with members of the Arizona delegation to discuss the significance of the legislation and memorial.
“What happened six years ago wasn’t just an attack on our community, but an assault on civil discourse and representative government,” said Rep. McSally. “I’m honored to introduce this legislation and lead this effort on behalf of Southern Arizonans for whom, this memorial means so much.”
January 8th National Memorial Act 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.
Arizona Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake are expected to introduce companion legislation in the Senate.
To view the bill text, click HERE.
Yesterday, Rep. McSally led a moment of silence on the House floor to honor the 13 victims wounded and 6 killed on January 8, 2011. This Sunday, she will participate in Tucson's January 8th Memorial Foundation Human Embrace event at Hi Corbett Field, which begins at 2:00 p.m.