Two by two, the students walked past nearly 3,000 flags staked in the ground, one each for those killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
The Franklin College students moved passed a flag at half-staff Tuesday as part of a peace walk to mark the anniversary of the attacks.
Mainly, they walked to remind each other that peace can be achieved, students said.
Violence has seemed to escalate in America — most recently shootings at a Sikh temple and a movie theater.
Residents need to be reminded that peace also can be found, said the Rev. David Weatherspoon, campus minister.
“We get stuck in record-playing mode, (thinking) that there is fear and destruction all of the time,” he said. “We should be doing things to create peace.”
So, he organized a peace walk on the anniversary of a day when people most remember fear and violence.
A walk gets people’s attention, Weatherspoon said. People must get up and participate. They can’t sit passively in a lecture on how peace is important, he said.