I’ve come to appreciate our need to mark the passage of time and events with anniversaries, and their importance in how we make meaning, show respect and pause to reflect on our lives. February 14 is the one year mark of the tremendous loss of life and injury in Parkland, Florida. For those who lost loved ones or who were injured, anniversaries for reflection aren’t needed. Every day, every hour, every minute and every second is a moment of reflection, sadness and, struggle. Time may dull the acute pain, but it never abates.
So, while I can write about the incredible social movement borne from this tragedy and others like it, the good that can grow from such loss, and the need to remain vigilant in the face of adversity, I choose to do something that can be easily lost with the passage of time and the agendas that form in the aftermath of such horror… I choose not to forget the names of the sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, parents, heroes, and friends who are no longer with us; of the people who survived the shooting and are rebuilding their lives.