Tuesday, October 18, 2011 (All day)
TUCSON, ARIZ. -- On Oct. 18, more than 260 boxes and bags of flowers, candles, notes and other tributes from memorials that sprang up following the January 8 shootings will be relocated from The University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus to a climate-controlled storage facility while the community decides their final disposition.
The tributes were left by well-wishers at make-shift shrines at the office of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, one of 19 people shot in the tragedy; at the shopping center where the shootings occurred; and on the lawn of The University of Arizona Medical Center, where most of the wounded were treated.
The University of Arizona Medical Center has been storing the tributes since last February, when tons of mementos were collected and boxed under the supervision of a University of Arizona archivist.
On Oct. 18 the boxes will be trucked to Dollar Storage, 2505 N. Dragoon Road, which is donating storage space for the tributes for 12 months. Dollar Storage’s air-conditioned facility offers better protection for some of the more delicate items, said Steve Brigham, director of capital planning and projects at The University of Arizona Medical Center.
The Institute for Civility, Respect, and Understanding is leading community discussions concerning the final disposition of the tributes and the possibility of a permanent memorial to the victims of the January shootings.
The Institute for Civility, Respect and Understanding was founded by the family of Giffords aide Ron Barber, himself a survivor of the January shootings.