PARKLAND, Florida. – A crowd continued to grow Saturday morning at the Pine Trails Amphitheater in Parkland for one of 400 March For Our Lives rallies across the country.
The Parkland March for Our Lives has a deeper meaning, organizers say, as the original March for Our Lives was founded by teenagers after 17 people were killed in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Thousands of gun control advocates are expected to gather across the country on Saturday at national March for Our Lives rallies.
In Parkland, rally attendees held signs reading “Stop Gun Violence,” “#Enough,” and “Just Go Out and Vote.”
The rally began at 9:30 a.m. with speakers who are survivors, family members and activists personally affected by gun violence.
At 10:30 a.m., the group planned a march through the park.
Zoe Weissman, 16, president of March for Our Lives Parkland, was in middle school at the time of the Marjory Stoneman massacre. She became an advocate for gun control because of what she experienced on the day of the shooting.
“It means a lot to see how many people care about our mission. At the same time, it also gives me hope that we are also going to be able to bring about change. This time it’s different. We have been fighting for four years and I think this will lead to action.
Other rallies planned for South Florida on Saturday include one hosted by students from Cypress Bay High School at Weston Library Park from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
At 4 p.m., a rally will be held in front of Coral Gables City Hall.
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