City unveils plans for remembrance on 1 year anniversary of Oregon District Shooting

DAYTON — News Center 7 will have special coverage Monday and Tuesday beginning at 5 p.m.

The City of Dayton will hold virtual events in remembrance of those killed, and in honor of the survivors on the one year anniversary of the Oregon District Shooting.

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The city has tabbed the event on the one year mark as “Dayton Shines,” a reference to the Gem City Shine event that took place in the entertainment district just days after the mass shooting that killed nine victims and injured 32 more.

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“In the midst of an already difficult year, on August 4, 2019, we joined the sad list of cities terrorized by a mass shooting,” Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley said in a press release Friday.

“Although we have been forced to change our initial plans due to the current health crisis, we are hopeful that these events will still allow people to express themselves and still come together as a community.”

Events included in during Dayton Shines:

  • Nine Minutes of Silence: Starting at 8:04 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 4, nine minutes of silence will be observed in remembrance of the nine victims killed. City officials will provide a link to a video tribute on the city’s Facebook page for nine minutes during the moment of silence.
  • Photo Mosaic: The mosaic will be comprised of a collection of contributed pictures. “The final mosaic design will showcase how the Dayton community continues to remember those who were lost, and how we have come together and continue to work to make Dayton shine in their honor.” The final mosaic will be unveiled on Aug. 4 and is considered a community project, with everyone invited to contribute.
    • To submit a photo, you’re asked to take a photo of yourself, family and friends, or something that represents the Dayton community to you. Text that photo to 937-230-7547. And reply “yes” to the automated text response to confirm your photo entry into the mosaic.
  • Remembrance Candles to be used during the Nine Minutes of Silence will be on sale starting July 24 through Aug. 2. Candles will be sold for $10 each and all proceeds will be donated to the Oregon District Business Association. Candles can be purchased at this website.
  • Dayton’s Darkest Summer: The Rise from Tragedy: A 17-minute documentary, created by University of Dayton media production students, will be re-released on Aug. 3 at 7 p.m. The documentary tells the story of two devastating events in 2019, the Memorial Day tornado outbreak and the Oregon District Shooting. More details will be available on this City of Dayton website.
  • Facing Project: The Dayton International Peace Museum and The Facing Project partnered to collect stories about gun violence in our community. Starting on Aug. 1, these stories will be made available. Some stories will be featured on a radio broadcast available on Dayton International Peace Museum website on Aug. 4.
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