Perlmutter Recognizes Aurora Theater Shooting Heroes When Designating July 20th as National Heroes Day

Resolution introduced last week to recognize COVID-19, everyday heroes

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Washington, D.C.-, July 20, 2020 | comments

Washington, D.C. – As part of an initiative to designate July 20th as “National Heroes Day”, U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) today gave remarks on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to recognize the four heroes whose lives were taken while shielding others during the theater shooting on July 20, 2012 in Aurora, Colorado. This follows a resolution introduced by Reps. Perlmutter and Crow last week to designate July 20th as “National Heroes Day”.


The July 20th date is meant to commemorate the theater shooting which took place on July 20, 2012 in Aurora, Colorado, 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).

These men are four examples of the countless other individuals demonstrating courage, initiative and bravery and stepping up for their communities every day, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic which continues to illustrate the everyday heroes whose acts of kindness and bravery are helping communities during this time.

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.

Other cosponsors of the resolution include Reps. Joe Neguse (CO-02), Scott Tipton (CO-03), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), and Michael San Nicolas (Guam, At-Large).

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.

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