AURORA | Letters of support, acts of kindness, and well wishes are steadily being received by officials at city hall almost two months after the horrific incidents of July 20. Here are some of the most recent ones:
– Lance Corporal Kevin Powers presented a flag to Aurora City Council members on Sept. 10 that was flown on the flag pole of his squadron compound in Afghanistan for three days at half-mast in honor of the July 20 shooting victims. “We have been thinking about you constantly and our prayers go out to all of you every day,” he wrote in a letter to Mayor Steve Hogan and Aurora residents. “I wish all of you the best in the months to come as you try to get over this tragedy,” he continued. “Time will help to heal the pain you feel right now but it will not be an easy path. Know that the entire country is behind you and thinking of you, no matter where we are.”
– The Florida-based Teens N Flight nonprofit program flew a plane to Aurora to donate money to the victims of the shooting. They raised money with a “fly-a-thon” by asking people to make a pledge for $2 per flight mile. The total distance of the trip was 1,310 miles.
– Nate Williams, of O’Fallon, Missouri, sent 1,000 paper cranes to the city offices. The idea came from a display of paper cranes at the Oklahoma City bombing memorial, he wrote in a letter to the city. “A Japanese legend says that if you fold one thousand paper cranes, your wish will come true. More than 80 volunteers worked for over 133 hours to fold these paper cranes and write verses.”
More displays can be seen at the Aurora Municipal Center at 15151 E. Alameda Pkwy.