The first Friday in June is recognized as National Gun Violence Awareness Day, and activists everywhere call for people to wear orange to honor victims and survivors of gun violence. Why orange? It’s the color Hadiya Pendleton’s friends wore to commemorate her life when she was shot and killed in Chicago when she was 15 — just one week after performing at President Obama’s second inaugural parade in 2013.
On June 7, 2019, my nonprofit group, the Rockland County Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, hosted a Wear Orange event in Nyack Memorial Park. We arranged for the former Tappan Zee Bridge connecting Rockland and Westchester County (now the Governor Mario Cuomo Bridge) to be lit in orange the entire weekend at sunset to honor all victims of gun violence.
This photo captures the kindness of Rockland's Moms Demand Action group to successfully convince our state legislators, Governor Cuomo and the New York State Thruway to agree the bridge should be lit orange the entire weekend from June 7 - June 9 at sunset to honor victims of gun violence. By lighting the bridge orange for three days in a row, it raised awareness throughout our community, the state and perhaps even nationally for those who didn't know the reason by learning through the TV news and newspapers on the significance of the color and the importance of this issue.
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