Saturday March 24, 2018 is a day for the history books. Early statistics are saying that the March For Our Lives is the largest attended rally in history. This is more inspiring than words can say. These students who experienced likely the worst trauma of their young lives have chose to stand up against it and say enough is enough. They didn’t just accept the thoughts and prayers offered to them. They didn’t just talk about what needs to be different. They actually stood up against it.
These teens are the powerful leaders of tomorrow, proving that if you are old enough to be impacted by something, than you are old enough to advocate against it.
These teens are doing the things that most of us are afraid to do. They are taking a stand for what they believe is right and not letting their age, the politics, or the grandiosity of the issue stop them. Watching the coverage from March For Our Lives brings me tears because I am in awe of the courage these young adults have.
The courage and resilience they show when speaking is moving. They are supporting each other through a devastating, unspeakable tragedy while also standing up for monumental changes. It is inspiring to see that they are not only tackling the issue of gun violence but that they are educating about voter turnout in order to bring about change. Some were no older than 11 yet they speak with more poise, tact, and passion than most adults I know.
It’s impossible to choose a most powerful moment from Saturday because there were so many. All you have to do is look to google, Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram to see the powerful signs carried by people all over the world. Also, the fact that March For Our Lives didn’t just happen in Washington is a powerful moment in itself. According to news reports, more than 800 places around the world joined the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to spread the message that never again should a student die in a school shooting or at the hands of guns intended for military personnel.
I am inspired, excited, and hopeful as I witness this shift for the future as these teens continue spreading their message with their collective power to ignite change.