California artist David Best, and a team of volunteers build a non-denominational, temporary temple for the anniversary of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting massacre, on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 in Coral Springs, Fla. Visitors will be allowed to mourn, remember, contemplate, leave mementos and write message on its walls. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Families to quietly remember on school massacre anniversary

February 13, 2019 - 11:21 am

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — The communities and families terrorized by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre will spend the anniversary quietly remembering the 14 students and three staff members who lost their lives.

Victims' families say they will mourn out of the public eye Thursday. Stoneman Douglas students will serve breakfast to first responders, and will be dismissed nearly three hours before the time the shooting began, about 2:20 p.m.

A ceremony honoring the victims will be held in a park near the school where students will also pack meals for needy children. A nondenominational, temporary temple will open in neighboring Coral Springs, where half the school's students live.

Visitors will be allowed to mourn and leave mementos at the temple. The sanctuary will remain open until May, when it will be burned in a purification ceremony.

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