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Emma Gonzalez and David Hogg tweet thanks to millions who participated in March For Our Lives

The inspired teenagers at the heart of Saturday’s March For Our Lives took to Twitter to thank the more than one million Americans who came out for Saturday’s event in Washington, DC.

David Hogg, who is one of the most recognizable student survivors of the February 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, said Saturday’s march made filled him with ‘love and happiness.’

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The 17-year-old also reminded any and all supporters  that the March For Our Lives was just the beginning, encouraging people not to lose sight of what needs to be accomplished.

‘The love and happiness that hugs from @Emma4Change @Ryan_Dietsch @MattxRed @JaclynCorin and so many others has given me is really what this country needs love is change we WILL change the world #TogetherStronger,’ he tweeted late Saturday night. 

He later followed with another tweet, adding: ‘Also again I love you guys so much thank you for joining us on this huge journey that is just getting started.’ 

Emma Gonzalez, who’s six-and-a-half minute speech brought the crowd to tears on Saturday, thanked the people who came out to join she and her fellow classmates and explained the reason she spoke for as long as she did. 

The inspired teenagers at the heart of Saturday’s March For Our Lives took to Twitter to thank the more than one million Americans who came out for Saturday’s event in Washington, DC

Pictured above are student speakers, many of who were survivors of the February 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, at the March For Our Lives rally in Washington, DC on Saturday

Pictured above are student speakers, many of who were survivors of the February 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, at the March For Our Lives rally in Washington, DC on Saturday

David Hogg, who is one of the most recognizable student survivors of the February 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, said Saturday's march made filled him with 'love and happiness'

David Hogg, who is one of the most recognizable student survivors of the February 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, said Saturday’s march made filled him with ‘love and happiness’

The 17-year-old also reminded any and all supporters that the March For Our Lives was just the beginning, encouraging people not to lose sight of what needs to be accomplished

The 17-year-old also reminded any and all supporters that the March For Our Lives was just the beginning, encouraging people not to lose sight of what needs to be accomplished

Emma Gonzalez, who's six-and-a-half minute speech brought the crowd to tears on Saturday, thanked the people who came out to join she and her fellow classmates and explained the reason she spoke for as long as she did

Emma Gonzalez, who’s six-and-a-half minute speech brought the crowd to tears on Saturday, thanked the people who came out to join she and her fellow classmates and explained the reason she spoke for as long as she did

‘Real quick: my speech today was abt [sic] 6 mins & 30 secs, including both my speech and my silence,’ she tweeted, offering both explanation and clarifying any miscommunication about the length of the moment of silence she led in honor of her 17 fallen classmates. 

‘The fact that people think the silence was 6 minutes… imagine how long it would have felt if it was actually 6 minutes, or how it would feel if you had to hide during that silence.’ 

Gonzalez stood on stage, speaking and offering up a moment of silence, for the length of time that she did because it was exactly the among of time it took 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz to shoot dead her 17 classmates last month.  

A third Stoneman Douglas survivor, Jaclyn Corin, also offered her thanks to the millions who marched across the United States on Saturday.

‘Sending the world so much love,’ she tweeted alongside a photo of she and her fellow classmates. ‘Thank you again #MarchForOurLives.’ 

On Sunday morning she followed up to encourage people not to let their passion wane that the event has ended.

‘Like I said yesterday, I need each and every one of you to keep fighting alongside us,’ Jaclyn wrote. 

‘The march is over but the fight most definitely isn’t; we can’t do this without the alliance of communities EVERYWHERE.’  

Hogg, Gonzalez and Corin were among 20 young speakers at the events around the country on Saturday.

A third Stoneman Douglas survivor, Jaclyn Corin, also offered her thanks to the millions who marched across the United States on Saturday. 'Sending the world so much love,' she tweeted alongside a photo of she and her fellow classmates

A third Stoneman Douglas survivor, Jaclyn Corin, also offered her thanks to the millions who marched across the United States on Saturday. ‘Sending the world so much love,’ she tweeted alongside a photo of she and her fellow classmates

On Sunday morning she followed up to encourage people not to let their passion wane that the event has ended

On Sunday morning she followed up to encourage people not to let their passion wane that the event has ended

Hogg, Gonzalez and Corin were among 20 young speakers at the events around the country on Saturday

Hogg, Gonzalez and Corin were among 20 young speakers at the events around the country on Saturday

In an angry and metaphor-laden speech, Hogg, 17, condemned the ‘cold brass of corruption’ which he said ‘shackled’ Washington DC. 

‘The winter is over. Change is here. The sun shines on a new day and the day is ours,’ Hogg said. 

He won roaring applause from the audience which shouted back at his comment ‘not anymore’ as he spoke of gun violence and politicians in power who are ‘shaking’. 

Hogg finished his speech on an official note, saying: ‘Thank you I love you all. God bless you and God bless America.’  

The marches and speeches across the country Saturday inspired millions – including many gun violence survivors, activists and politicians. 

Gabrielle Giffords, a democratic congresswoman for Arizona, applauded the students in a tweet Saturday afternoon. 

‘Fighting gun violence takes courage,’ Giffords, who is a survivor of an assassination attempt after being shot in the head while at a grocery store in Tuscon in 2011. 

‘After I was shot in 2011, I didn’t know what the next day would bring, but I knew I had to push on. Our fight does not end at the #MarchForOurLives. We need to keep speaking out. We need to organize. We need to vote!’ she continued. 

Pope Francis also chimed in to offer his support of the students marching on Saturday. 

‘Dear young people, never get tired of being instruments of peace and joy among your peers!,’ he tweeted.  

Other Parkland students who spoke at the March For Our Lives were Sarah Chadwick, Jaclyn Corin, Ryan Deitsch, Aalayah Eastmond, Sam Fuentes, Emma Gonzalez, Cameron Kasky, Delaney Tarr and Alex Wind. 

The other speakers from around the country are Trevon Bosley, 19, from Chicago, Edna Chavez , 17, from Los Angeles, Zion Kelly, 17, from Washington DC, Alex King, 18, from Chicago, D’Angelo McDade, 18, from Chicago, Mya Middleton, 16, from Chicago, Matt Post, 18, from Maryland, Matthew Soto, 19, from Connecticut and Christopher Underwood, 11, from Brooklyn, New York.   

Gabrielle Giffords, a democratic congresswoman for Arizona, applauded the students in a tweet Saturday afternoon. 'Fighting gun violence takes courage,' Giffords, who is a survivor of an assassination attempt after being shot in the head while at a grocery store in Tuscon in 2011

Gabrielle Giffords, a democratic congresswoman for Arizona, applauded the students in a tweet Saturday afternoon. ‘Fighting gun violence takes courage,’ Giffords, who is a survivor of an assassination attempt after being shot in the head while at a grocery store in Tuscon in 2011

Pope Francis also chimed in to offer his support of the students marching on Saturday. 'Dear young people, never get tired of being instruments of peace and joy among your peers!,' he tweeted

Pope Francis also chimed in to offer his support of the students marching on Saturday. ‘Dear young people, never get tired of being instruments of peace and joy among your peers!,’ he tweeted

David Hogg, 17, finishes his speech at the March For Our Lives event on Saturday in Washington DC 

David Hogg, 17, finishes his speech at the March For Our Lives event on Saturday in Washington DC 

Following the events people took to social media to express their pride and hope in the youth of America and the potential for change. 

And while Hogg and Gonzalez won over some fans with their impassioned tones – with one internet user asking whether or not he was old enough to become president – it was 11-year-old Naomi Wadler from Alexandria, Virginia, who impressed the most with her soft-spoken eloquence.

In a speech dedicated to ending the disproportionate rate of gun deaths among African American women, Naomi quoted Toni Morrison to say: ‘If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.

‘Honor the girls, the women of color whose stories have not been told.’ 

In her own words, Naomi said: ‘My friends and I might still be 11, and we might still be in elementary school but we know. 

Hogg denounced the 'shackles of corruption' and said: 'Winter is over. The sun shines on a new day and the day is ours'

Hogg denounced the 'shackles of corruption' and said: 'Winter is over. The sun shines on a new day and the day is ours'

Hogg denounced the ‘shackles of corruption’ and said: ‘Winter is over. The sun shines on a new day and the day is ours’

Naomi Wadler, 11, is from Virginia, Alexander. She gave an uplifting speech about her hopes to reduce the disproportionate rate of gun violence deaths among African American women 

Naomi Wadler, 11, is from Virginia, Alexander. She gave an uplifting speech about her hopes to reduce the disproportionate rate of gun violence deaths among African American women 

Naomi is pictured with Miley Cyrus and fellow protester Mya Middleton backstage afterwards

Naomi is pictured with Miley Cyrus and fellow protester Mya Middleton backstage afterwards

‘We also know that we stand in the shadow of the Capitol, and we know that we have 7 short years until we too have the right to vote.’ 

Her words set Twitter alight with praise and hopes of a future presidential run.

Yolanda Renee King, Martin Luther King Jr’s granddaughter, also won hearts. 

She gave an infectious and brief speech where she called on the crowd to recite her words back to her. 

Invoking her grandfather’s immortal words, she said with a beaming smile: ‘I have a dream that enough is enough. 

‘And that this should be a gun free world, period. 

‘Spread the word! Let it be heard, all across the nation! 

The speeches set the internet alight with praise for the youngster and hopes they will later enter politics 

The speeches set the internet alight with praise for the youngster and hopes they will later enter politics 

‘We are going to be a great generation!’ 

She later went on CNN and said she was ‘nervous’ about the speech but settled in to it. 

‘Well I was really nervous. My heart was like beating like boom boom boom and it just got faster and faster but then I got used to the crowd. Then I was like,  “oh it’s not that bad.” 

‘I think one of the things I want to help is that there to be no guns in this world, not just at schools, just everywhere. 

‘We have to do all this lockdown drills [at school] because people have guns,’ she said. 

‘He’d be amazed that all these people were getting together. A few days ago I had a dream about him.’  

Yolanda Renee King, Martin Luther King Jr's nine-year-old granddaughter, also spoke at the event 

Yolanda Renee King, Martin Luther King Jr’s nine-year-old granddaughter, also spoke at the event 

Yolanda's cheeriness was infectious. She told the audience that she, like her grandfather, had a 'dream' for a gun-free world 

Yolanda’s cheeriness was infectious. She told the audience that she, like her grandfather, had a ‘dream’ for a gun-free world 

Hogg’s speech was less cheery. He spoke of the 96 people who die every day across the country from gun violence and took multiple swipes at politicians.

‘If you listen real close you can hear the people in power shaking. They’ve gotten used to being protective of their position. Through the safety of inaction. 

‘Inaction is no longer safe. To that, we say, no more!’ 

Hogg spoke of making gun violence a ‘voting issue’ which will lead the primary elections. 

‘We are going to take this to every election to every state and every city. We are going to make sure the best people get into run, not as politicians but as Americans,’ he fumed. 

Pointing to the Capitol, he added: ‘This… is not cutting it’.

‘Today is the beginning of Spring and tomorrow is the beginning of democracy. Now is the time to come together not as Democrats or Republicans but as Americans who care about one thing and one thing only and that is the future of this country and the children who are going to lead us. 

‘They will try to separate us in religion, class, congressional demographics. They will fail. 

‘We will come together. Let’s put the USA over the NRA. This is the siren of Spring and the blossoming of our democracy,’ he said.  

Delaney Tarr

Alex Wind

Stoneman Douglas students Delaney Tarr (left) and Alex Wind (right) also spoke 

 



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