World Day of Remembrance


world day of remembrance


They could have been here—the 1,442 human beings killed last year on North Carolina roads. On the World Day of Remembrance, a pair of shoes, still, empty, stood for each one. To honor them, and to expose the dire cost of unsafe driving, NC Vision Zero set out those shoes in front of the State Capitol in Raleigh on November 19, 2017.


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NC Vision Zero’s Second Annual World Day of Remembrance Exhibit, November 19, 2017.


For, each one of those 1,442 human beings was loved–and deserved better. Some passers-by offered a paper flower, remembering someone they loved in particular. They placed a flower on a pair of shoes, as if to suggest some good may yet come of this, if only the people were more aware of this serious public health issue.


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How many pairs of shoes will stand in front of the State Capitol next year?


See more images from past exhibits here:

Help make people aware of this serious public health issue by donating old shoes for future exhibits.

You can find shoe-donation boxes at these locations:

  • Oak City Cycling Project (212 E Franklin St., Raleigh, NC)
  • NC State University campus
    • Caldwell Hall
    • Research IV, 3rd floor kitchen
    • College of Textiles, room 3250

If your organization would like to partner with NC Vision Zero and host a shoe donation box, please contact us at



What will happen with the shoes after the World Day of Remembrance exhibit?

The shoes will be used for many years, travel all over North Carolina, and appear at various traffic safety events. For example, we will use a portion of them for our upcoming Visionaries teen driver program–to represent the number of teen driver fatalities.

If there is ever a day when we decide to stop using the shoes, we will donate the shoes that are still wearable.

For more information, contact