Florida Missing Children's Day

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Monday marked the 20th annual Florida Missing Children’s Day. It was not only a time to remember those still missing and those forever gone, the day also honors the state’s efforts.

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It can be hard for family members to move on with their own lives after a child’s is taken from them. At this week’s Missing Children’s Day commemoration in Tallahassee, a woman talked to WFSU about trying to do just that and the investigator she credits for helping ease her journey.

Aleena Fullwood can’t name just one favorite video game.

“The Final Fantasy series, I love that. Kingdom Hearts series,Dynasty Warriors—all the Koei games—Warriors Orochi, Samurai Warriors,” she rattles off.

The 20-year-old art student says she wants to design games for a living.

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This morning, Florida officials recognized the 16th annual Missing Children’s Day at the state Capitol. Last year, Florida law enforcement officers received more than 35,000 missing-child reports.

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This Sunday is National Missing Children’s Day, and local law enforcement joined with Tallahassee's Mayor as well as an elementary school to encourage parents to take part in a child safety campaign.                                                         

In the cafeteria of Astoria Park Elementary School, a group of Preschoolers is about to graduate, and they’re the school’s first Pre-K graduating class of 2014.

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Monday marked the 15th year the state of Florida has memorialized kids who went missing in the Sunshine State. Officials say the number of missing children is receding but there’s more work to be done.

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Governor Rick Scott joined several law enforcement officers and parents of missing kids during Florida Missing Children’s Day on Monday. Officials are using the event as an opportunity to recognize the state’s efforts to protect Florida’s most vulnerable and educate Floridians on child safety and abduction prevention.

“Let’s give a round of applause to our two special heroes," exclaimed Donna Uzzell, the director of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's Criminal Justice Information Services.