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Supporters gather for first George Floyd Anniversary Memorial at Santa Maria City Hall

SANTA MARIA, Calif. - While the nation honors the life of George Floyd, organizers with the Santa Maria and Lompoc Branch NAACP hosted the first Anniversary Memorial.

The organization held a moment of silence for Floyd at 9:29 a.m. Tuesday morning on its Facebook page.

This was to mark the 9 minutes and 29 seconds Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck.

"My hope is I want people to get involved ... they need to get involved in what's going on in our state and in our country and that's hope ... real change is going to happen," said President Lawanda Lyons-Pruitt of the Santa Maria and Lompoc Branch NAACP.

The organization hosted the Anniversary Memorial in both Santa Maria and Lompoc late this afternoon.

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