Martin Richard

[twitter]Last year, for a school project, those were the words written by 8 year old Martin Richard. Lucia Brawley, a friend of Martin’s former teacher, posted a photo on Facebook of him holding the sign.

“He was at the finish line with his family, waiting for his dad to cross,” Lucia wrote. “His mother and little sister were catastrophically injured. He was the student of our dear friend, Rachel Moo. His message resonates powerfully today. My prayer is that we all live by Martin’s words, paying tribute to his too-brief, but immeasurably valuable life by following his example.”

If you’ve ever run any type of road race, you know the finish line and course is filled with kids cheering parents on. It gives you so much energy to hear, or see “Go Mom!” and “Go Dad!” from your kids, or someone else’s.

I’d like to start a movement where we get our kids to write out this phrase, and we post the photos online. To do it to honor Martin, and to tell the world that the next generation will not stand for this senselessness.

Get your kids to write out a sign saying “No more hurting people. Peace.”, just like Martin did. Take a picture of them holding it and post it online. Please tell me about it once you’ve done it.

Call it slacktivism if you will, but it is a message that needs to be seen, and heard.

Image via Facebookdadcamp fire

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