Survivors move forward a year after Giffords attack

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The memorials turned into massive tributes of candles, cards, photos, stuffed animals and flowers that blanketed areas of up to 60-by-100 feet.

Others that came later include a 9-foot, 11-inch sculpture of an angel forged from World Trade Center steel in memory of Green.

Several of the shooting victims visited the memorials before they were dismantled and put in storage boxes for safekeeping until a permanent memorial is erected in the coming years. Items from the hospital alone filled 60 boxes.

Shooting survivor Susan Hileman called the memorials a “giant hug” from the community.

Her favorite memorial sign read, “Plant seeds of peace and love will grow.”

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