Reps. Crow, Perlmutter Introduce Resolution to Designate July 20th as National Heroes Day

July 20, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, Reps. Jason Crow (D-CO) and Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) reintroduced a resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives to designate July 20th as “National Heroes Day” to honor the sacrifices of everyday heroes.

July 20th is the date of the horrific shooting which took place on July 20, 2012 in Aurora, Colo. at a movie theater in which twelve lives were taken, seventy were wounded and hundreds suffered emotional trauma. The tragedy brought to light incredible heroism by the first responders and medical teams whose tireless efforts saved lives, those who carried the wounded to safety, and those who sacrificed themselves to save others – specifically Jonathan Blunk (26); John Larimer (27); Matt McQuinn (27); and Alex Teves (24) whose lives were taken while shielding others during the shooting.

The resolution was first introduced last year on July 20, 2020 and sought to also recognize the everyday heroes who came to the aid of others during the COVID-19 pandemic, such as medical professionals; law enforcement; emergency responders and the National Guard; frontline workers and essential personnel; food and grocery workers; teachers; journalists; and small business and community leaders; and thousands of individuals whose family, friends and loved ones were taken by the pandemic. As we emerge from the pandemic, this year’s resolution also recognizes those who developed and administer the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines.

The goal of the resolution is to designate every July 20th as National Heroes Day to serve as a reminder for all of us 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.

“Nine years ago, our community was devastated by a horrific act of gun violence. We’ve experienced even more tragedies in the years since, and every time it happens, it is just as painful,” said Rep. Jason Crow. “Our ability to recover and come together has only been possible because of the heroes among us whose courage and bravery have shown us a path forward in times of crisis. 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.”

“Our country has seen some dark days, including July 20, 2012, and we have all experienced emotional, physical and mental challenges this past year during the COVID-19 pandemic. During these tough times, it is the everyday heroes who demonstrate courage, initiative, and bravery and who take action to assist others and their community in a time of need,” said Rep. Ed Perlmutter. “Let’s follow these shining examples and all the everyday heroes as we each work to be a positive force in our community and bring kindness and selflessness to everyday life.”

Speaking on the House floor today in support of the resolution, Crow said, “Every year, Aurora and the greater Colorado community come together to remember the lives lost in the trauma. We also come together to recognize the everyday heroes that stepped up to help their neighbors and loved ones. Their heroism saved lives...I am here in part because I have been inspired by my constituents who endured incredible tragedy nine years ago and have directed that pain to fight for change. Let us not grow numb to the pain of this day. Let us continue to work towards meaningful and lasting change.” 

Watch his floor speech here