Several other government buildings — including the dome of California’s Capitol and City Hall in New York City — will also be illuminated in orange over the weekend.
The eighth annual National Gun Violence Awareness Day comes as people across the United States have been rocked by a spate of mass shootings over the past month, including at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, a supermarket at the heart of a black community in Buffalo, New York and a medical facility in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
President Joe Biden on Thursday
issued an appeal for stricter gun laws, including a ban on assault weapons, stricter background check laws and a higher minimum purchase age.
The first annual National Gun Violence Awareness Day was held in June 2015 on the 18th birthday of Hadiya Pendleton, a Chicago teenager who had been accidentally shot two years earlier. Hadiya was killed a week after appearing at one of the events related to former President Barack
Obama’s second inauguration.
Project Orange Tree, an organization started by Pendleton’s friends after a youth panel discussion about her death, began the movement to wear orange to raise awareness and honor her.
Orange was chosen to symbolize the value of human life and is worn as a signal that the wearers do not want to be the next victim of gun violence, Nza-Ari Khepra, co-founder of Project Orange Tree and the Wear Orange Campaign, had told CNN in 2015. The idea came from hunters wearing the color to alert other hunters to their presence.