The public is invited to participate in the Stoneman Douglas First Responders Appreciation Day event which will be held on the school’s campus in Parkland on Sunday, March 11, from Noon to 7 p.m. The gathering is designed as way for the community to offer thanks to the brave men and women who sprang into action during the deadly February 14 attack at the high school.
Organizer Christopher Nicolaus says the concept of a public event to pay tribute to law enforcement, fire-rescue, and others who offered hope on a day when it seemed all hope was lost, was actually the brainchild of his 11-year-old son, Tyler. The fifth-grader suggested they hold a rally to recognize those who put their own lives at risk whenever tragedy strikes.
Nicolaus, along with co-coordinator Tina Michelle Frost, decided Tyler’s idea was the perfect way to help bring a sense of involvement to those who want to say thank you and show their gratitude and respect for the joined forces who saved lives on that horrific Valentine’s Day.
“This is absolutely not a political event,” says Nicolaus, “We’re rallying to express our thanks. These people are heroes EVERY day, this our way of showing our appreciation.”
Flags with slim blue lines and slim red lines will be available to wave in support of police and firefighters. Attendees are encouraged to wave a flag or bring a poster – positive messages only, please.
Nicolaus, who is a native of Broward County, hopes the event is successful in showing responders that the community is behind them and thankful for all they do.
Sunday’s rally will feature coffee courtesy of Rise Biciuts from Noon-2 p.m. Water, Gatorade, and snacks will be provided and the event will offer the official commemorative decal that represents the day when 17 people including high school students and personnel lost their lives. 100% of the profits raised from the decals will be donated to local firefighters.
For more information on the STONEMAN DOUGLAS FIRST RESPONDERS APPRECIATION DAY rally, go to the FaceBook event page.