By HDN Editorial Board
The Walk for Peace is Havre's way of observing the one-month anniversary of the horrendous attacks on our nation.
As of this morning, only 50 people had signed up.
That means that after the 220 or so T-shirts ordered in advance are paid for, this communitywide show of support will have raised only $1,084. This is money going to the United Way Sept. 11th Fund to help in disaster relief.
Unless lots of people register just before the event Saturday morning, Havre is going to have an embarrassingly small turnout for this intended show of solidarity. And remember, we didn't have a community observance of the one-month anniversary when it actually occurred.
It appears that some people are confused by the name "Walk for Peace" and think those who participate are against the ongoing war against terrorists. The walk was named before the attack on terrorist and Taliban strongholds in Afghanistan began. The word "peace" refers to peace for the U.S. victims of the Sept. 11 attacks.
If you want, you can also think of it as peace for the world, which is the end result of war.
There are several ways to contribute to this effort. The organizers are hoping to raise $10,000 for the Sept. 11th Fund.
You can participate in the walk. Registration begins at 9 a.m. outside the Hill County Courthouse. A ceremony will be held at 10 a.m., followed by the walk.
You also can have lunch at the VFW at noon for $4. Almost all of the food has been donated so most of what you pay will go to relief for victims of terrorism.
If you can't do both or either, you can give money.
This community owes its gratitude to the organizers of this event, particularly Bobbie Jo Lawrence, who came up with the idea and has been the driving force behind it.
Let's show her how much we appreciate her efforts, and our country, and participate in the Walk for Peace.