Saturday is National Gun Violence Awareness Day and Wear Orange events are being held nationwide, including in Omaha.
Megan Gentrup, the state’s Wear Orange chapter leader, says gun attacks in schools and elsewhere have become too common across the country.
“We found a lot of community members didn’t know what to do but knew we wanted to do something,” Gentrup says. “We decided to hold an event where the only purpose is to gather, get to know your neighbors, learn about more organizations in the community that are making us safer and also honoring those we have lost to gun violence.”
More than 350 Wear Orange events will take place across the country on Saturday, from concerts to picnics to orange walks. Gentrup says survivors of gun violence will be attending the Omaha event.
“We’ll have families who have lost loved ones to gun violence to talk about that,” Gentrup says. “We do want to acknowledge that this is happening and we need to talk about it. We’ll also have activities for kids, family-friendly events. We’ll have board games, cornhole, we’ll have Giant Jenga.”
Folks in their red Husker attire will be fine at the event, even though it’s called Wear Orange.
“It is not a requirement,” Gentrup says, laughing. “Color options of any kind are welcome. Wear Orange is just the color we use because it signifies safety with hunters and we want to signify safety at our event and with everyone in our communities.”
The event at Columbus Park in Omaha runs from 7 to 9 PM. Key landmarks in Nebraska will be turning orange that night, including the Woodmen Tower in Omaha.