Florida school massacre 1 year later: A time to remember the victims

Emotional embrace outside of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida after the School Shooting, Photo Date: 2/14/18 / Photo: ZUMA Press / (MGN)

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) - The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre a year ago renewed the national debate on guns and school safety, turned some victims' parents and surviving students into political activists and ended the local sheriff's career - at least for now.

But Thursday's anniversary will primarily be about remembering the 14 students and three staff members who died in the third high-profile mass shooting in Florida since 2016.

An interfaith service will be held at a Parkland park near the school to remember the victims. Students will perform service projects and observe a moment of silence.

A non-denominational, temporary temple will open in neighboring Coral Springs for mourners to pay their respects. The structure will eventually be burned in a purification ceremony.

Security throughout the schools and the community will be high.

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