PARKLAND, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – Makeshift memorials continue to grow outside of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida where 17 people lost their lives in a mass shooting on February 14.
For nearly a month, students, faculty, families and community members have brought flowers, balloons, candles, teddy bears, crosses and other mementos to pay tribute to the victims. In addition, messages of hope, love and photos of the victims covered the fencing area outside of the school.
Florida National News has learned steps are being taken by city officials, school officials and community leaders to preserve some of the memorial items. ABC Affiliate Local 10 News reports that Jeff Schwartz, president of the Historical Society for the city of Parkland, said he is part of a committee composed of school board members and religious, community and city leaders that is working to come up with ways of preserving the items.
He said the memorials will likely be placed in breathable boxes and stored in an air conditioned building.
“We are doing it for the families’ benefit,” Schwartz said. “We want to preserve it so people in the future will know what took place in our city.”
In addition, Florida National News has learned Pam Schwartz, the curator leading the One Orlando Collection Initiative to preserve Pulse nightclub artifacts, will be part of the team to preserve the Parkland school victims’ memorial items, according to the Sun Sentinel.
Willie David, Publisher of Florida National News | news@FloridaNationalNews.com