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A Year After The Shooting, Tucson Looks Forward

The people of Tucson, Ariz., are commemorating the one-year anniversary of the shooting that claimed six lives and left 13 people wounded, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.). As NPR's Ted Robbins reports, community-wide events are scheduled all weekend:

Saturday is filled with upbeat activities – hikes, bike rides, art projects. The events are part of something called "Beyond Tucson," to focus on healthy minds and bodies through physical activities.

Sunday, the actual anniversary, will be more solemn. At 10:11 am, the time of the shooting, people across Tucson will ring bells in memory of the shooting victims. Following that will be an interfaith service, speeches honoring those who were lost, and a candelight vigil at the University of Arizona.

Giffords is expected to attend the vigil, along with her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly.

On Weekend Edition Saturday, Robbins spoke with many in Tucson who are trying to commemorate the anniversary without returning to the fear and horror of the day.

From 'Weekend Edition Saturday': An Emotional Year After The Tucson Shooting

We'll have more from the memorials tomorrow. And there's extensive coverage, as you'd expect, from Tucson's Daily Star and the Phoenix-based Arizona Republic. Meanwhile, here's a look back at some of the events that followed.

  • Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, wave at the start of a memorial in Tuscon, Ariz, on Jan. 8. The vigil marked the anniversary of the shooting rampage that left six dead and 13 injured, including Giffords.
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    Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, wave at the start of a memorial in Tuscon, Ariz, on Jan. 8. The vigil marked the anniversary of the shooting rampage that left six dead and 13 injured, including Giffords.
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  • In a video released Jan. 22, Giffords announces her plans to resign from Congress in order to concentrate on recovering from a gunshot wound to the head.
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    In a video released Jan. 22, Giffords announces her plans to resign from Congress in order to concentrate on recovering from a gunshot wound to the head.
    Office of Gabrielle Giffords/AP/NPR
  • Giffords reenacts her swearing-in with House Speaker John Boehner. The Democrat has represented Arizona's 8th congressional district since 2007.
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    Giffords reenacts her swearing-in with House Speaker John Boehner. The Democrat has represented Arizona's 8th congressional district since 2007.
    Susan Walsh/AP/NPR
  • Giffords was shot in the head during an event to meet constituents in Tucson, Ariz., on Jan. 8, 2011. Six people were killed and 13 wounded in the attack.
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    Giffords was shot in the head during an event to meet constituents in Tucson, Ariz., on Jan. 8, 2011. Six people were killed and 13 wounded in the attack.
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  • Jared Loughner was charged with the shooting. In May, a federal judge ruled Loughner incompetent to stand trial and ordered that he receive treatment.
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    Jared Loughner was charged with the shooting. In May, a federal judge ruled Loughner incompetent to stand trial and ordered that he receive treatment.
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  • People pay their respects at a makeshift memorial outside Giffords' Tucson office a day after the shooting.
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    People pay their respects at a makeshift memorial outside Giffords' Tucson office a day after the shooting.
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  • Members of Congress and their staff gather on the steps of the House of Representatives on Jan. 10 for a national moment of silence to honor the shooting victims.
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    Members of Congress and their staff gather on the steps of the House of Representatives on Jan. 10 for a national moment of silence to honor the shooting victims.
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  • Kelly holds Giffords' hand in her hospital room at University Medical Center in Tucson on Jan. 11.
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    Kelly holds Giffords' hand in her hospital room at University Medical Center in Tucson on Jan. 11.
    U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' office via Getty Images/NPR
  • Daniel Hernandez, an intern with Giffords at the time of the shooting, is credited with saving the congresswoman's life.
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    Daniel Hernandez, an intern with Giffords at the time of the shooting, is credited with saving the congresswoman's life.
    Matt York/AP/NPR
  • President Obama hugs Kelly during a memorial service, "Together We Thrive: Tucson and America," at the McKale Memorial Center in Tucson on Jan. 12.
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    President Obama hugs Kelly during a memorial service, "Together We Thrive: Tucson and America," at the McKale Memorial Center in Tucson on Jan. 12.
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  • Kelly stands over his wife's hospital bed on a deck outside University Medical Center on Jan. 20.
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    Kelly stands over his wife's hospital bed on a deck outside University Medical Center on Jan. 20.
    Office of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords/AP/NPR
  • Kelly was mission commander for the final flight of the space shuttle Endeavour. The shuttle launched May 16 on a 16-day mission.
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    Kelly was mission commander for the final flight of the space shuttle Endeavour. The shuttle launched May 16 on a 16-day mission.
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  • Patricia Maisch (right), who helped disarm Loughner, embraces Georgia Lerner, whose mother died in the shooting. Maisch testified on Capitol Hill in support of a bill to strengthen background checks for people who buy firearms.
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    Patricia Maisch (right), who helped disarm Loughner, embraces Georgia Lerner, whose mother died in the shooting. Maisch testified on Capitol Hill in support of a bill to strengthen background checks for people who buy firearms.
    Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/NPR
  • Giffords appears on the floor of the House of Representatives for the first time since she was shot to vote on a debt standoff compromise on Aug. 1.
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    Giffords appears on the floor of the House of Representatives for the first time since she was shot to vote on a debt standoff compromise on Aug. 1.
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  • Kelly hugs his wife after receiving the Legion of Merit from Vice President Joe Biden during a retirement ceremony on Oct. 6.
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    Kelly hugs his wife after receiving the Legion of Merit from Vice President Joe Biden during a retirement ceremony on Oct. 6.
    Pete Souza/The White House via Getty Images/NPR

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