It has been 20 years since the word “Columbine” became something other than the name of a delicate alpine wildflower and the moniker on a suburban school building. Although it felt like time was suspended on April 20, 1999, the days, weeks, months, and years have rolled steadily on, undeterred by that influential moment in American history. Time itself may be indifferent to the local tragedy that became a global touchstone, but Coloradans are not. Two decades later, we still grieve the loss of innocence, the loss of a sense of security, and, above all, the loss of life.
William “Dave” Sanders
This story is part of 5280 Magazine’s special issue dedicated to the 20th anniversary of Columbine. Read more about the project here.