‘Honor their stories’: Students must preserve messages of hope and support after mass shooting in Highland Park

CHICAGO (SCS) — Two months after the Highland Park Parade tragedy, students are now bringing untold stories to light.

The Downtown Central and St. John’s Pavilion was a place to gather and share these stories. CBS 2’s Marissa Perlman reports that young leaders make sure everyone’s voice is heard.

The memorial continues to grow in these two months since the July 4 parade shooting. As of Monday, more than 7,000 notes have been hung there and a group of students want to make sure each one is read.

At the Central Avenue Pavilion, thousands of luggage tags with handwritten messages of hope, sadness and calls for change all hang from the pillars, surrounded by almost nighttime musical performances.

Some who did not feel comfortable sharing their experience or how they were affected by this tragedy have left their stories here as notes.

And now the students of March for our lives wants to make sure the community hears them: by reading them aloud and creating a video presentation to lock those stories into the story.

“You don’t have to live this way. Vote them out. We’re strong on HP.”

“You can see from the memorial behind us that this is truly a labor of love. So many people have poured their hearts into this space. We want to honor their stories and the stories of those we haven’t heard and demand change,” said Jordana Hozman of March for Our Lives, Northshore.

The memorial itself has been the subject of some debate, as to whether it should remain or be moved to a more permanent location. Some call it healing. Others say it triggers.