UPDATED: Sept. 16, 2014 11 a.m.
WASHINGTON (WNEW/AP) — Top Navy officials and family members are among more than 2,000 people marking the one-year anniversary of the Washington Navy Yard shootings a year after 12 people were killed.
The events are scheduled for Tuesday, one year after the shootings that killed 12 victims.
Photos: Shooting at Washington Navy Yard
During a memorial service Tuesday morning, Navy Vice Adm. William Hilarides, the commander of Naval Sea Systems Command, read the name of each person who died. Each name was followed by the toll of a bell.
“One year ago, we lost 12 members of a team,” Navy Adm. Jonathan Greenert said at the remembrance service at Leutze Park at the Navy Yard.
President Barack Obama issued a statement saying the nation is improving security at military installations. He says the country should renew the call for common-sense reforms to reduce gun violence.
— JimMacKayWNEW (@JimMacKayWNEW) September 16, 2014
An evening memorial service also is planned. Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer will speak to honor those who died, including three of his constituents. The congressman also will thank first responders and law enforcement. Washington Mayor Vincent Gray also is scheduled to attend the ceremony.
The gunman, former Navy reservist Aaron Alexis, was fatally shot by police.
One year ago this city bore witness to a terrible tragedy at the Navy Yard. Today, we remember the 12 lost and honor their memory.
— Vincent C. Gray (@mayorvincegray) September 16, 2014
For our neighbors at the Navy Yard, we stand beside you. We remember lives lost & lives forever changed 1yr ago today pic.twitter.com/eK21xURCYO
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) September 16, 2014
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