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500,000: In Memory of All the Lives Lost

By: Natalie Neuhaus (Communications Coordinator and Reporter ‘21)


Every single number is a story cut short.

Every single number was someone that someone else loved.

Was someone that others laughed with. Smiled with. Weeped with.

Were mothers, fathers, siblings, relatives, teachers, workers, friends, spouses, neighbors.

As the number grows, like an uncontrollable body of water flooding land, remember there is loss attached to every single digit.

We are becoming so accustomed to death in these great numbers we can forget that there are years of pain and suffering ahead for the families of every single person.

Each person lost is defined and a part of this ever growing integer that will not stop.

Will not stop because our world fails to unite.

Fails to listen to others pain.

Fails to understand the world does not exist for one person.

This is the worst type of failure.

Because it is preventable.

Let's remember every figure in the 500,000 + as a person and not just a number.

Joe Biden, Jill Biden, Kamala Harris and Doug Emhoff at the Lincoln Memorial Reflection Pool

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