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Resolution Introduced to Designate July 20th as National Heroes Day
Colorado Congressmen introduce resolution inspired by Aurora theater shooting heroes and to recognize COVID-19, everyday heroes
Washington, D.C. – A new resolution introduced today in the U.S. House of Representatives by Colorado Congressmen Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) and Jason Crow (D-CO) designates July 20th as “National Heroes Day” to honor the sacrifices of everyday heroes.
The July 20th date is meant to commemorate the theater shooting which took place on July 20, 2012 in Aurora, Colo. in which twelve lives were taken, seventy were wounded and hundreds suffered emotional trauma. Specifically, the resolution was inspired by four men whose lives were taken while shielding others on July 20, 2012: Jonathan Blunk (26); John Larimer (27); Matt McQuinn (27); and Alex Teves (24).The tragedy brought to light incredible heroism by those who sacrificed themselves to save others, those who carried the wounded to safety, and those first responders and medical teams whose tireless efforts saved lives. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to illustrate the everyday heroes whose acts of kindness and bravery are helping communities during this time.
“These men are four examples of the countless other individuals demonstrating courage, initiative and bravery and stepping up for their communities every day. This is particularly visible during the coronavirus pandemic where we have seen tremendous acts of selflessness and heroism by so many,” said Rep. Ed Perlmutter. “During trying times it’s important to remember the heroes among us who answer the call to save lives and set a shining example for generations to come. That’s what this resolution is all about – recognizing fellow citizens for their heroic actions in a time of need.”
Everyday heroes during the COVID-19 health crisis include but are not limited to: medical professionals; law enforcement, emergency responders and the National Guard; frontline workers and essential personnel such as truck drivers, letter carriers, delivery workers, and food and grocery workers; teachers; journalists; small business and community leaders; and thousands of individuals who have lost family, friends and loved ones to the pandemic.
In addition to the resolution, Perlmutter introduced a Congressional Record to specifically recognize the four men who sacrificed their lives to save others during the Aurora theater shooting.
“I will always remember the exceptional acts of courage displayed by those in Aurora and will continue working with my colleagues to honor their memory and honor the sacrifices and service of all of our everyday heroes,” said Perlmutter.
“Eight years ago, our community faced tragedy. Our recovery and ability to come together was only possible because of the heroes among us whose courage and bravery showed us a path forward in our time of crisis,” said Rep. Jason Crow. “We are facing a different reckoning today as our country battles COVID-19, but the service and sacrifice of our frontline workers once again inspires us to move forward. In recognition of those in our community and around the country, we mark July 20th as a day to honor the heroism and servant leadership of our fellow citizens.”
"Jonathan, a Navy man who served three tours in the Middle East, died saving another while watching a movie. This was a guy who was the biggest Broncos fan you could be. He would be pleased to know that his sacrifice has opened the door to honor other, every day heroes in this country, like those on the frontlines of COVID-19," said Blunk's cousin, Jessica Watts.
“It has been said that in death your true character shows. In death, my son, Matt McQuinn’s, character showed through as a hero. We are honored that his last act would inspire a day to shine a light on heroes,” said Jerri Jackson, mother of Matt McQuinn.
"Let July 20th be a day where our nation comes together to honor our heroes, whose actions are motivated purely by love and compassion, like our son Alex and so many others. We celebrate those who are a guiding light reflecting the greater good in all we strive to be,” said Caren Teves, mother of Alex Teves.
Reps. Perlmutter and Crow would also like to thank Anita Busch, cousin of Micayla Medek whose life was taken in the Aurora theater shooting, for her tireless work in advocating for a National Heroes Day. Other original cosponsors of the resolution include Reps. Joe Neguse (CO-02), Scott Tipton (CO-03), and Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC).
While the resolution specifically designates July 20, 2020 as National Heroes Day, the goal of the resolution is to designate every July 20th as National Heroes Day. On National Heroes Day, and throughout the year, Americans are encouraged to exhibit the same spirit of courage and service shown by everyday heroes by performing good deeds and engaging in community service or other charitable activities. On July 20, highlight your heroes with the hashtags #NationalHeroesDay and #WhosYourHero.