A memorial to the five Capital Gazette employees, who died in a shooting in the newspaper's newsroom last year, was unveiled Friday, June, 28, 2019, at a park in Annapolis, Md. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Journalists honored the five Capital Gazette employees who were shot to death in their newsroom last year by unveiling a plaque Friday with the names of the dead in a garden next to five rosebushes.

The plaque in the waterside park acknowledges Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, John McNamara, Wendi Winters and Rebecca Smith as "our cherished colleagues."

"This community is very lucky," said Rick Hutzell, the newspaper's editor. "It has what a lot of communities have lost and that is a newsroom. A newsroom is a room full of people who turn up every day to celebrate our successes, to point out what is wrong, and to ask what could be better. That is what journalism is about, so it is extremely fitting that this is where this garden is ... it's a place where people come for a quiet moment to think about things."

Hutzell spoke of all five of his slain colleagues. He remembered that Hiaasen used to come to the park to think about his work.

"Come here and think about what these five lives meant," Hutzell said. "I am far richer for having known them, and I am far poorer for having lost them."

David Dreier, chairman of the board of Tribune Publishing, said the attack has inspired plans for a memorial in Washington for fallen journalists.

"There's a lot of attention that has been focused on journalists who have paid the ultimate price, but I want every member of the families to know that it was this tragedy that has sparked the plan that we hope within the next seven-plus years — this will be a long journey — we will see on or near our national mall in Washington, D.C., a memorial for fallen journalists," Dreier said.

Marty Padden, the Capital Gazette's advertising director, said a part of him died on the day a year ago when a man who held a grudge against the paper for an article it had written about him entered the newsroom and opened fire.

"Rob, Wendi, Rebecca, John and Gerald live on eternally in my mind and yours," Padden said. "I hear their voices. I feel the absence of their energy and want to do my part to keep their memories alive, just beyond names listed in the media."

Staff from the newspaper, including several who escaped the newsroom on the day of the shooting, as well as family of the dead, gathered for the memorial.

"Today is overwhelming and sad and awful, but it's also a sign of hope and remembrance, and I want people to take today and take it with a purpose, not just with sadness," said Selene San Felice, a reporter who hid under a desk during the attack.

Tribune Publishing, which owns the newspaper, also held a moment of silence around the nation at 2:33 p.m. That is the time the shooting happened last June 28.

Local residents also attended the memorial.

"This is an important day. It's a sad day. I'm so proud of my hometown paper," said Stephanie Kalinich, of nearby Arnold, Maryland.

A separate community gathering also was scheduled at a local theater Friday evening.

Janel Cooley, an advertising representative for the Capital Gazette newspaper who was injured in last year's shooting at the newsroom, stands with others who survived the attack, including Phil Davis, far right, Rachael Pacella and Selene San Felice, left, during a memorial at a park in Annapolis, Md., on Friday, June 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)
Chase Cook, right, a reporter for the Capital Gazette newspaper, sits with Rick Hutzell, the editor of the newspaper, during a ceremony where a memorial was unveiled, Friday, June, 28, 2019, at a park in Annapolis, Md., for the five Capital Gazette employees who died in a shooting in the newspaper's newsroom last year. Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley, left, and U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes, second from left, listen.  (AP Photo/Brian Witte)
Andrea Chamblee, the widow of John McNamara, talks to a reporter before a ceremony where a memorial was unveiled, Friday, June, 28, 2019, at a park in Annapolis, Md., for the five Capital Gazette employees who died in a shooting in the newspaper's newsroom last year.  (AP Photo/Brian Witte)
FILE - In this June 29, 2018, file photo, mourners stand in silence during a vigil in response to a shooting at the Capital Gazette newsroom, in Annapolis, Md. At a time when journalists are being branded “the enemy of the people,” staff members at the Capital Gazette newspaper are feeling renewed appreciation in their community, a year after a gunman went on a newsroom rampage that left five of their colleagues dead. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
FILE - In this June 28, 2018, file photo, the Capital Gazette reporters Pat Furgurson, center, and Chase Cook hug at a makeshift office in a parking garage of a mall in Annapolis, Md., during coverage of the fatal shootings that happened in their paper's newsroom earlier in the day. Reporters who survived the worst attack on journalists in U.S. history say the trauma has not faded, but their connection with their readers is a source of comfort and inspiration. (Thalia Juarez/The Baltimore Sun via AP)
In this June 14, 2019, photo, Selene San Felice, a journalist with the Capital Gazette, shows a tattoo in Annapolis, Md., she recently had made on her arm with five flowers on an ink pen in memory of five colleagues who were killed in last year’s attack at the newsroom. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)
FILE - In this June 29, 2018, file photo, Steve Schuh, county executive of Anne Arundel County, holds a copy of the Capital Gazette near the scene of a shooting at the newspaper's office in Annapolis, Md. At a time when journalists are being branded “the enemy of the people,” staff members at the Capital Gazette newspaper are feeling renewed appreciation in their community, a year after a gunman went on a newsroom rampage that left five of their colleagues dead. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)