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'March for Our Lives' could be the largest in history

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One million people are expected to attend a 'March for Our Lives' event in Washington DC on Saturday. (CBS file) One million people are expected to attend a 'March for Our Lives' event in Washington DC on Saturday. (CBS file)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Students from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School spearheaded what could become one of the largest marches in history with nearly 1 million people expected in Washington DC this weekend.

The March for Our Lives was organized in response to the deadly shooting at the school in Parkland, FL.

It's also the inspiration for hundreds of sister marches, one of which will happen in Hartford.

Survivors of the Parkland shooting are pushing for stricter gun control laws.

Saturday's march is the culmination of a month-long effort to honor the 17 people killed at their high school on Feb. 14.

Marchers in Washington DC will walk down Pennsylvania Avenue.

Channel 3 will have a crew in the nation's capital to cover the event.

Meanwhile, students in Hartford have organized their own rally and want young people to come out and support the movement.

About 10,000 people are expected in the Hartford march.

"It's about time to get our voices heard, and rely in us, and not adults to do most of the talking," said Tyler Suarez of Naugatuck, who is the lead organizer for March for Our Lives CT.

His aunt was the principal at Sandy Hook Elementary School. He was in eighth grade when the shooting happened.

"After my Aunt passed I really wanted to follow in her footsteps because that's what she would want me to do," Suarez said.

The Hartford march is set for 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. It'll start on the north side of the Corning Fountain and end at the capitol.

Another in Stamford is scheduled for from noon to 2 p.m. on the Washington Boulevard and Broad Street entrance of Mill River Park.

The students in Florida inspired a national school walkout earlier this month in which Connecticut students joined thousands of others across the country in a gun violence protest.

Stay with Channel 3 for continuing coverage of the rallies.

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