5 years after UCC shooting, virtual ceremony to honor first responders

Many people told KEZI 9 News it gets harder to recall the events that occurred on Oct. 1, 2015, every year.

Posted: Sep 30, 2020 5:20 PM
Updated: Sep 30, 2020 6:53 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Thursday marks the five-year anniversary of the Umpqua Community College shooting, and the community is doing everything they can to honor the nine victims lost.

Many people told KEZI 9 News it gets harder to recall the events that occurred on Oct. 1, 2015, every year. 

However, it’s also a reminder of how strong the community has become because of it.

“They remember and they won’t forget and they want those lives to be honored,” said Lynette McAllister, one of the organizers of the Umpqua Strong run.

McAllister's husband was a first responder on that tragic day.

The college is hosting their annual Day of Remembrance ceremony Thursday morning. UCC officials said it will be virtual because of COVID-19.

However, they said this year’s ceremony will focus on first responders and all the people who supported the college over the years.

“It’s a really tough time of year for us,” said public information officer Tiffany Coleman. “For all of us.”

Coleman said they’re already hard at work on the permanent on-campus memorial right across from Jackson Hall. The memorial will consist of nine illuminating globes to represent the nine victims lost.

The project started the past November and was expected to be finished by Thursday. However, due to COVID-19 and the wildfires, construction was put on hold.

“When it is finished and we can open up the campus, we will do something to commemorate it,” said Coleman.

Coleman said they’re unsure when it will be finished, but they are expecting sometime within the next year.

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