Florida Capitol to light up orange to honor victims of Parkland shooting

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By: CBS Miami
February 12, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CBSMiami) -- Thursday marks one year since the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

To honor the victims, the Florida State Capitol will be lit in orange.

Commissioner Nikki Fried proposed the move during a meeting Monday night, which was approved unanimously by the full Cabinet.

“As we approach a difficult day for our state, let this week of orange serve as a token of hope and a pledge that the 17 Parkland victims will not be forgotten,” said Commissioner Fried. "Let us pledge that no victim of gun violence will be forgotten, and let us work together to address the threat of gun violence in our communities."

The State Capitol will glow orange all week to honor the memory of the 17 students and staff lost at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, 2018.

“I’m grateful and appreciative for Commissioner Fried’s continued advocacy and support of the Parkland victims and families, and of all families who have suffered due to gun violence,” said Fred Guttenberg, father of Parkland victim Jaime Guttenberg and founder of Orange Ribbons for Jaime. “This symbol of honor and respect is also a symbol of hope for the future as we continue the important work of taking on America’s gun violence crisis and making our communities safer.”

The color orange serves as a symbol of hope.

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