AURORA, Colo. - It's hard to believe a year has passed since the Aurora movie theater shooting, but as Aurora was reminded Saturday, sometimes looking back is the only way to move forward.
"Part of remembering the incredible loss that happened a year ago is to appreciate how beautiful this day is," Governor John Hickenlooper said during a "Day of Remembrance" ceremony.
That beauty was everywhere, like at True Blue Tattoo in Lakewood where the spirit of shooting victim Alex Sullivan inspired his father to start Aurora Rise. The group is dedicated to helping survivors and on Saturday they did just that through memorial tattoos.
"Today is a special day, it is a hard day for a lot of us. I just miss him every single day," said Taryn Roach who said she knew several people killed in the shooting.
At Copper Kettle Brewing Company in Denver, people wore white t-shirts and jeans for Alex Teves who was killed while shielding his girlfriend from a hail of bullets.
"He was always a very optimistic guy, always trying to look forward to things and not dwell on the past," said Brian Cifor who was a part of the mug club with Teves.
Those who love Teves are looking forward for others. Saturday they raised money for the Alex C. Teves ACT Foundation which helps students with unique academic, social and or emotional needs.
"I thought it was a great cause to support and give back to Aurora," said Byron Rodenburg who attended the fundraiser.
On this day, beauty was everywhere, reminding us that no matter the darkness, in the end, good always prevails.