It was a year ago Sunday that a crazed gunman fired shot after shot into a crowd gathered to meet with Congresswoman Gabby Giffords. 2 people died, including Gifford's aide Gabe Zimmerman, and several others suffered gunshot wounds as did Congresswoman Giffords. Her struggle to recover over the past year has been a source of inspiration for all Americans. She arrived in Tucson Friday night, along with her husband Astronaut Mark Kelly, to participate in the Memorial.
Bill Badger, the retired Army colonel who tackled the gunman as he attempted to reload, said "The closer we get to Sunday, the more emotional it gets. It's tough. I'll be glad when it's over." More then 30 events are planned in the Tucson area this weekend to commemorate and honor those killed and injured. Bells city wide will ring on Sunday at 10:11 a.m., the time of the shooting.
Gifford's spokesman Mark Kimble, who was standing near Giffords when she was shot, noted "It's obviously going to be an emotional and difficult weekend." Read the full article.