Cathedral Lit Orange for National Gun Violence Awareness
National Gun Violence Awareness Day comes to the National Cathedral the evening of June 2, to honor those who have been killed or injured by gunfire and to reinforce the message that enough is enough. The west façade will be illuminated in orange from 8 pm to midnight for all to see.
This is part of the Wear Orange campaign begun on June 2nd, 2015 in Chicago to honor Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old high school student killed by gunfire one week after she performed at President Obama’s second inauguration. Her friends decided to honor her by wearing orange on her birthday – the color hunters wear in the woods to protect themselves and others. In 2016, over 200,000 participants commemorated the day and 125 landmarks were illuminated in orange including state capitals, Niagara Falls and the Empire State Building.