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Reflections on Parkland: One Year Later

candles burning in remembrance

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.

May the names and memories of those we lost be a blessing upon those who remember, grieve and celebrate their lives.

  • Alyssa Alhadeff, age 14
  • Scott Beigel, age 35
  • Martin Duque, age 14
  • Nicholas Dworet, age 17
  • Aaron Feis, age 37
  • Jaime Guttenberg, age 14
  • Chris Hixon, age 49
  • Luke Hoyer, age 15
  • Cara Loughran, age 14
  • Gina Montalto, age 14
  • Joaquin Oliver, age 17
  • Alaina Petty, age 14
  • Meadow Pollack, age 18
  • Helena Ramsay, age 17
  • Alex Schachter, age 14
  • Carmen Schentrup, age 16
  • Peter Wang, age 15

Gary J. Margolis, Ed.D.
Founder & CEO
Social Sentinel, Inc.