Organizers say the shoes should be filled with kids, jumping and skipping and hope the memorial will serve as a poignant reminder to Congress on the need to act on gun control.
Though most of the shoes were collected in a two week period, some of those were donated by families that lost their children to gun violence.More news: British comedy legend Sir Ken Dodd dies, aged 90
He wore the gray Vans his son was wearing when he was shot.
Tuesday's shoe memorial is reminiscent of a monument on the Danube River near the Hungarian Parliament in Budapest commemorating thousands of people, including Jews, killed by fascists in the 1940s. She said open access to weapons is "giving power to trembling hands". Her daughter survived the shooting. In 2015, they lined up thousands of shoes in Paris in a protest for climate change action. The symbolic shoe demonstrations likely draw inspiration from the renowned memorial at the Hungarian Parliament in Budapest that honors lives lost during the Holocaust.
A massive and powerful display in Washington Tuesday calling for an end to gun violence.
The demonstration comes prior to a national school walkout scheduled for March 14 that will see students walk out of class for 17 minutes in honor of each of the 17 victims killed during the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14. Called March for our Lives, the event is a collaboration between the student survivors at Marjory Stoneman Douglas and Everytown for Gun Safety. There has been, on average, at least one school shooting a week in the United States since 2013.