The names said it all.
To honor the memory of those including: Skylar Gregg, Robert Berry, Jr. Jarvis Wabasha, Sam Dow and many others who have died, dozens of individuals gathered near the Redwood County courthouse to take a walk to the Lower Sioux Community. The event, known as the Walk Against Violence, is held annually to pay respect, but more importantly to send a message.
Enough is enough.
“We have a chance to make a terrible situation better,” said Glenn Goodthunder, as he spoke to the group prior to the state of the walk. “We can be the ones who are leading the way.”
Whether it is violence, drugs or suicide, there are many issues the walk raises, and in raising awareness to these issues the hope is to motivate people to stand up in ways that get the message out.
That message is clear. Those kinds of things are not acceptable, and the time has come to take a stand.
Standing together, said Goodthunder, a change for the better can take place, and health and wellness can be the focus toward making that change for the Lower Sioux Community and society as a whole.
Justice Wabasha said the road to recovery as a people and a community can start with those who were at the walk, and he en-couraged participants to get involved.
Candace Berry, who helped coordinate the walk, said she was especially happy to see all of the youth at the walk, because it is through the next generation that change starts.