Hundreds of thousands attend March For Our Lives rally to protest gun violence

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Hundreds of thousands flooded downtown Northwest D.C. to attend the March For Our Lives rally.

The movement, organized by Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students in Parkland, Florida, following the high school shooting that took seventeen lives, pushed to end gun violence and mass shootings in schools and communities.

A number of celebrities took the stage including Demi Lovato, Ariana Grande, and Miley Cyrus, but some of the most moving speeches involved students.

Emma Gonzalez, a student and survivor of the Parkland shooting, stood on stage for 6 minutes and 20 seconds, which included several minutes of silence.

"The shooter has ceased shooting and will soon abandon his rifle, blend in with the students as the escape and walk free for an hour before arrest," she said. "Fight for your lives before it’s someone else’s job."

A number of local students also took the stage, including 11-year-old Naomi Wadler, an elementary school student in Alexandria.

She listed the names of a number of young girls who lost their lives.

"I am here to acknowledge and represent the young African American girls whose stories don’t make the front page of every national newspaper," she said.

D.C. Police had a heavy presence throughout the entire march as a number of roads closed down surrounding the rally.

D.C. Fire and EMS also had a number of resources, including bike teams and gators, to be able to move through the crowd quickly.

First responders did not report any significant issues during the rally.

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