Charlottesville Marches for Peace

By: Matt Holmes Email
By: Matt Holmes Email

Tuesday September 11, 2007

People gathered on the Downtown Mall to remember the victims of 9-11 and to march for the cause of peace. The march went from the Paramount Theater down the mall to the Free Expression Monument.

Unlike many events that declare themselves to be pro-peace, there was no talk of politicians and none of the Iraq War. It was a night when folks simply came together in remembrance.

Some of those gathered took time to write on the chalkboard of the monument, while others honored the anniversary in song.

Elaine Tucker is the chorus director at Jackson-Via Elementary School and she led her 3rd and 4th graders as they performed during the walk.

"They know what 9-11 is. Earlier a couple of them were up at the...wall and wrote 'we love you' to all the people who died in 9-11. And they understand that this is not only a celebration of remembering them, but also a celebration to lift our voices to the sky."

About 200 people turned out for the candlelit peace walk. As the crowd marched down the mall toward the Free Expression Monument, the kids from Jackson-Via performed songs about George Washington, Abe Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr. and everyone's favorite: ice cream.

They are kids, after all.

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