Thousands of pairs of shoes, representing the children killed by gun violence since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, are spread out at the U.S. Capitol on March 13, 2018 in Washington, DC.
Several mass shootings have occurred since Sandy Hook, including the October 1 tragedy in Las Vegas, a church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and another school shooting last month in Parkland, Florida.
Shoes were donated by celebrities, family members of gun violence victims and American citizens from across the country.
The memorial was set up by Avaaz, a group that mobilizes activists largely through online campaigns and petitions.
According to global advocacy group Avaaz, which organized the protests, 7,000 pairs of shoes were collected for the "Monument for our Kids" memorial to bring "the heartbreak of gun violence to Congress" doorstep'.
The temporary memorial was on display from 8:30 a.m.to 2 p.m. on the southeast lawn of the U.S. Capitol across from the Library of Congress. The day 20 children and six adults died in a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in CT.
About 1,300 people below the age of 18 are killed by gunfire in the United States every year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Activists and volunteers gathered at dawn, placing 7,000 colorful pairs of donated children's footwear side by side in a trapezoid shape to commemorate those who have died since the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. "Culture is changing in America right now". Organizer Emma Ruby-Sachs said she thinks it's a pivotal moment for the movement to end gun violence. Haas began advocating for gun control in 2007, when her daughter was shot and injured at Virginia Tech.
The silent protest is meant to spur lawmakers to take action on gun reforms.