As the Valley remembers 9/11, several local groups came together Saturday for a night of prayer, poems, and music to make a plea for peace.
EMU professor Lisa Schirch wanted to bring people together from all religious backgrounds to show their understanding for one another.
"We know that everyone here has a non-violent orientation. Wanting to promote peace. We wanted to show that there is unity in this community," Lisa says.
Lisa, like everyone in attendance, were not just greiving for those lost on 9-11, but all of the soildiers who have died in the foreign conflicts since. For her, the 10th anniversay brings everything full circle.
"My life really was changed by 9-11. I really poured my whole life into trying to change our foreign policy so we really try to get security for american people and secruity for people around the world," Lisa explains.
Lisa has been to Afghnanistan and Iraq, and has met with both Republicans and Democrats in Congress to push for more diplomacy in the U.S. foreign policy.
Those that presented were mostly from local churches of all traditions, and all offered a prayer from their belief systems. They also spoke from a small wooden bridge made by a children's inter-faith peace camp to show unity.
"This bridge was and continues to be a symbol for us of coming across the diversity of our community," says event organizer Nicholas Detweiler-Stoddard. "The different lenses through which we look. The different ways we've experienced loss."
There were also messages placed on ribbons and hung up as people of all ages remember 9-11 and all of the lives lost to war since then. All in attendance gave their thanks for the troops overseas.
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