It’s been two years since the tragic police shooting of Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. On July 6, 2016, Philando — who worked as a school cafeteria supervisor — was shot and killed during a traffic stop by an officer who claimed he saw him reaching for a weapon.
In honor of his beautiful life, the city of Falcon Heights is taking action by adopting two new days of recognition.
According to Fox 9 News, moving forward July 6th will be known as Restoration Day and July 7th as Unity Day. Restoration Day is all about taking action to restore community relationships, and Unity Day is all about coming together with block parties and other citywide events.
The city says “the proclamation will become a component of healing, grant respect to Philando Castile’s family, while at the same time serve to improve the quality community engagement within the city by its residents, businesses, and guests.”
Philando’s mother Valerie Castile is happy about the news. “That means the world to me,” she told Fox 9. “So important that we keep his legacy alive, his spirit alive. With those two days of commemoration. I really applaud Falcon Heights, honoring him those two days.”