Peace Week kicks off with a march

September 22, 2018 07:59 AM

Saratoga Springs-Mass shootings happened this week in Aberdeen, Maryland and Syracuse, New York, reminding all of the need to end gun violence. 

"If we start with peace, I think we could solve all the worlds problems" said Elizabeth Meehan, a Saratoga Peace Week organizer. 

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Dozens came together in Saratoga Springs Friday, all with a similar message; peace is the answer.

"Tonight we are going to chant and pray and hopefully change the fabric of the universe with our prayers, and hope that people have a change of heart because that's really where peace comes from" said Linda Letender, a Saratoga Peace week organizer.

This year marks the 10th annual Saratoga Peace Week held in the city. The march kicked off seven days of events, all hoping to promote a united community. 

"So many of the worlds problems could be solved if we worked together peacefully, issues of poverty, famine and resources, and conflict" said Meehan.

Those at the march say in reality, the world is more alike that not.

"I like to think that everybody in the world likes the same thing, good relationships with their families, food in their bellies, and a roof over their head" said David Spingarn of Saratoga Springs

Attendees also encouraged others to take a stand and join them.

"When people come out and connect and make a public statement on where they stand with violence and with peace, it gives me hope" said Letender.


Brooke Selby

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