“I love the character of this town, it’s part of the reason I stayed living here for so long. It’s got a quaint, welcoming charm to it and once you start tearing out buildings in the center of downtown, you’re going to lose that,” Angus Carter, the rally’s organizer, said.
“I think now more than ever, it’s important to be women and leaders in our community and to give back to those, you know, this community supports so many people. We’ve had so many other organizations support us and so we’d just like to give back to them,” Heather Rupe, President of the Harrisonburg Women's Service League, said.
“I miss doing this and I’m going to miss doing this after I graduate and everything, so it’s good to have this last moment with everyone,” Ryan Washington, a senior at East Rockingham High School and a snare drum player in the band, said.
“We knew that we could make it happen and provide the opportunity for the students, whether the season lasted four days, four weeks, or four months, we were gonna make it happen,” Director the Marching Royal Dukes, Scott Rikkers, said.
“We moved into this house a year ago and we started noticing moles, mice, things like that. And we thought we’d have a perfect shelter for these cats where they can serve us and we can serve them, feed them, and give them a healthy place to live,” Taylor Eader, barn cat mom, said.
After 59 days, one day longer than this year’s regular session in January, Virginia’s General Assembly has adjourned once again. The session tackled everything from COVID-19 relief to criminal justice reform, in a gathering held almost entirely online.