Stephen Barton was on a cross-country bicycle ride that started in Virginia Beach when he stopped in Aurora, Colo. He was there July 20, the fateful morning when a gunman opened fire in a movie theater, killing 12 people and injuring dozens more, including Barton. On Sept. 6, he and a friend finished their bike ride to California.
Barton was released from the hospital, but still bears the scars from the attack, both physical and mental. He told a Washington Post reporter that he was thankful he survived the attack but said he also continued to wrestle with why so many others had not. “I’ll struggle with that,” Barton said. “It was so arbitrary, the way people died.”Matt McClain/For The Washington Post
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump lit the National Christmas Tree for the first time. The program was hosted by television personality Kathie Lee Gifford and actor Dean Cain and featured performances by the Beach Boys, Jack Wagner, Wynonna Judd, Craig Campbell and others.