New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft left a touching note for Parkland, Florida, residents who traveled to Washington, D.C., for the “March for Our Lives.”
The plane's passengers included about half of the families of the 17 victims, students who were injured, and students who performed their original song “Shine” on Saturday.
According to Sports Illustrated, victims' and injured students' families were seated first, then members of the student group Shine MSD, then their families and teachers.
“I don't really move a lot now since the incident, and going on the Patriots plane was really cool to me because I actually got out and did something,” Kyle Laman, who was shot in the ankle and foot, told Sports Illustrated.
Along with the opportunity to try on a Super Bowl LI ring and a free Patriots hat, Kraft's guests found a note from the NFL owner himself on the back of their seats.
When Parkland families boarded the Patriots team plane that would take them to D.C. for the #marchforourlives, they found a letter from Robert Kraft and a Patriots baseball hat waiting on their seats. https://t.co/lZG4Awsjx4 pic.twitter.com/0dDvR8ddLL
— The MMQB (@theMMQB) March 26, 2018
At the very top was a quote from famed anthropologist Margaret Mead, which said, “Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have.”
Kraft also expressed his organization's support for his guests and said:
In the wake of incredible tragedy we have hurt for you, mourned with you and been inspired by you. It is an honor for us to now partner with you as you push for progress.
Your community is stirring our country towards a better future. That is the true mark of a patriot. Thank you for your leadership and inspiration. Best wishes as you prepare for takeoff on your journey.
Alex Moscou, a 16-year-old Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student, told Sports Illustrated the flight was “very soothing” and that it got him away from the tragedy in a way that's impossible while in Parkland.
As a New York Giants fan, he told his mom that the incredible experience meant they could “cut the Patriots a little bit of slack for today.”