The Student News Site of Colorado State University

The Rocky Mountain Collegian

The Student News Site of Colorado State University

The Rocky Mountain Collegian

The Student News Site of Colorado State University

The Rocky Mountain Collegian

Print Edition
Letter to the editor submissions
Have a strong opinion about something happening on campus or in Fort Collins? Want to respond to an article written on The Collegian? Write a Letter to the Editor by following the guidelines here.
Follow Us on Twitter
How to Increase eCommerce Sales with SEO
How to Increase eCommerce Sales with SEO
February 28, 2024

With the development of the online shopping market, SEO has become a crucial factor in driving targeted traffic and increasing sales. Effective...

Theater Shooting ‘Day of Remembrance’ will benefit Aurora programs

The Aurora Century 16 Theater has been renovated from it's original globally-known image it carried in 2012.
The Aurora Century 16 Theater has been renovated from it’s original globally-known image it carried in 2012.

Colorado has had far more experience with planning public memorials than most states across the nation. The past two decades have brought the Aurora, Colo. Chuck E. Cheese tragedy in 1996, Columbine High School shooting in 1999, the New Life Church shooting in 2007 and most recently the Aurora movie theater shooting last year.

This Saturday marks the one-year anniversary of the mass shooting at the Century 16 Theater in Aurora. On July 20, 2012, a gunman entered the facility shooting 70, ultimately killing 12.


The city of Aurora has planned a day of remembrance for those impacted by the events last year. The 7/20 Day of Remembrance events will take place this Saturday at the Aurora Municipal Center.

“We look forward to a multifaceted day of meaningful remembrance, continued healing and positive community actions,” said Lori MacKenzie, City of Aurora spokesperson.

Starting at 7:30 a.m., the city will host the public in a gathering at the Municipal Center, only one block from the theater.

“The day will begin with a community gathering and morning ceremony to honor and remember those whose lives were lost, survivors and their loved ones,” Mackenzie said.

At 9 a.m., healing activities will begin at the Municipal Center. The city will provide several sources to promote a calm and peaceful environment.

According to a press release from the City of Aurora, “Healing activities will include spiritual counseling, mental health counseling, art therapy projects, yoga, a nature walk and a poetry reading.”

Nature walks are not the only unique asset to the 7/20 Day of Remembrance. Aurora city officials have organized a city-wide program to bring in donations to foundations serving the public. One of the foundations accepting donations through the Day of Remembrance is the Colfax Community Network, a program that provides basic needs for less-fortunate children.

“Building safe community for children is our number one priority every day. The unfortunate events of last year bring more attention to that need,” said Jennifer Herrera, Executive Director at Colfax Community Network .

At the Colfax Community Network, staff members opened their doors to facilitate a comforting environment after the shooting.


“The morning after the Aurora shooting we opened up discussion for these kids to voice their concerns and questions. Most were very afraid for the safety of their families. We worked with them to explain how they can keep themselves safe in dangerous situations,” Herrera said.

Donations on Saturday will be distributed appropriately to the foundations by the City of Aurora. The Colfax Community Network will use their donations to aid the Free and Reduced Lunch Program.

“Donations made will help to offer not only healthy lunches from Food Bank of the Rockies, but also community programming to local kids, giving them a safe place to eat and play each weekday,” Herrera said.

For more information on times and events at the 7/20 Day of Remembrance, visit

Managing Editor Dillon Thomas can be reached at 

View Comments (7)
More to Discover

Hey, thanks for visiting!
We’d like to ask you to please disable your ad blocker when looking at our site — advertising revenue directly supports our student journalists and allows us to bring you more content like this.

Comments (7)

When commenting on The Collegian’s website, please be respectful of others and their viewpoints. The Collegian reviews all comments and reserves the right to reject comments from the website. Comments including any of the following will not be accepted. 1. No language attacking a protected group, including slurs or other profane language directed at a person’s race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, social class, age, physical or mental disability, ethnicity or nationality. 2. No factually inaccurate information, including misleading statements or incorrect data. 3. No abusive language or harassment of Collegian writers, editors or other commenters. 4. No threatening language that includes but is not limited to language inciting violence against an individual or group of people. 5. No links.
All The Rocky Mountain Collegian Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *