light up the night
Parkland Golf & Country Club remembers the 17 lives lost In the 2018 Parkland shooting {Photo by Bonnie Hirschel}

By Sharon Aron Baron

When Parkland Golf & Country Club came up with the idea of commemorating the third anniversary of the tragic day at Marjory Stoneman Douglas shootings by lighting luminaries, they never imagined it would garner so much interest from the surrounding neighborhoods.

What began as one communitys way to honor the 17 victims of that massacre turned into an entire towns evening of recognition.

On February 14, 2021, almost every Parkland community participated in “Light Up The Night,” along with neighborhoods in Coral Springs, individuals in South Florida, and other parts of the country.

Streets throughout Parkland were lined with luminaries. At 8 p.m., residents stood outside in silence for six minutes and 20 seconds to remember Alyssa Alhadeff, Martin Duque Anguiano, Nicholas Dworet, Jaime Guttenberg, Luke Hoyer, Cara Loughran, Gina Montalto, Joaquin Oliver, Alaina Petty, Meadow Pollack, Helena Ramsay, Alex Schachter, Carmen Schentrup, Peter Wang, Scott Beigel, Aaron Feis, and Christopher Hixon.

Several neighborhoods also held fundraisers. Parkland Golf & County Club sold t-shirts for Stand With Parkland. Miralago raised money for the MSD JROTC to honor their residents son Peter Wang., and Parkland Isles had a raffle/donation for the Gina Rose Montalto Memorial Foundation.

PGCC Communications Director Bonnie Hirschel said, “We encouraged everyone participating to take a photograph and post it on social media with the hashtag #lightparkland so the families of the victims could see just how much love and support we have for them.”

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Sharon Aron Baron
Sharon Aron Baron
Sharon Aron Baron is a Parkland resident and editor of Talk Media. She has been covering Parkland news since 2012. Parkland Talk was created to provide News, Views, and Entertainment for the residents of Parkland.
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