7/20 Saturday’s Aurora Memorial Event features chalk art, craft beers, music and paper cranes

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DAWN | Nine years after the Aurora Theater shooting, remembering other victims of gun violence is now part of the growing role of survivors and families of victims.

On Saturday, a third annual tribute to emergency first responders will be part of an annual memorial event scheduled from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 7/20 Memorial Garden in Aurora.

It is also the fifth year of the Reflection Garden on Tap, which specifically honors the heroes and survivors of the tragic shooting, which left 12 dead and 72 injured. The shooting took place just after midnight on July 20, 2012, when James Holmes entered a crowded movie theater and opened fire.

Saturday’s commemorative event is free and for all ages. It features wellness booths, food, live music, and sidewalk chalk art in honor of first responders and frontline workers at the Aurora Theater.

The event will also offer a selection of craft beers from local breweries, available for donation. Most of the beers were created especially for the event at local breweries such as Launch Pad, Dry Dock, Breckenridge and Resolute.

Also this year, those responsible for the memorial will dedicate a new Little Free Library / Paper Crane exchange. The 7/20 Memorial Foundation will be collecting paper cranes this year for Arvada policeman Gordon Beesley, killed in June by a gunman in Olde Town Arvada. The Good Samaritan Johnny Hurley, who was shot after trying to stop Beesley’s abuser, will also be honored.

The event will also be broadcast live at 5 p.m. on the Foundation’s Facebook page 7/20. The 7/20 Memorial Garden is located at 15151 E. Alameda Parkway, on the northeast side of Town Hall.

For more information, visit www.7-20memorial.org.

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