Jun23WedThousands march to end hatred in London, Ont. June 23, 2021 by Billy Canning
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Thousands of individuals walked seven kilometres as part of a multi-faith march to end hatred in London, Ont., including Lt-Colonels Shawn and Brenda Critch, divisional leaders, Ontario Division. The march, which took place in June, followed a shocking attack on a Muslim family in London, four members of which were killed, while a fifth was seriously injured.
“The tragedy that occurred in London was deeply felt in all faith communities,” says Lt-Colonel Shawn Critch, divisional commander. “The entire march, we prayed for the victims, their family and friends.”
The march, which took participants from the memorial site to the London Muslim Mosque, was organized by London’s community faith leaders and it demonstrated the wide support for the victims and a strong call to end racism and Islamophobia.
Following a moment of silence at the mosque, leaders from all faiths denounced racism and Islamophobia, and emphasized that the only way forward is through love, peace and respect for one another.
“While listening to the faith leaders and observing the large gathering paying their respects, an overwhelming feeling of empathy and unity ran through my body,” says Lt-Colonel Brenda Critch, divisional secretary for spiritual life development. “It’s a moment that will stick with me for a long time. I’m grateful that we were part of this time of solidarity and hope on behalf of The Salvation Army.”
The Salvation Army’s emergency disaster services brought a canteen truck to the march route, handing out water and snacks to those needing refreshments as they made their way to the London Muslim Mosque.
“Thank you to everyone who supported this moment of positive change as our prayers and thoughts continue for all the victims,” says Lt-Colonel Shawn Critch. “Let us not forget the impact of this incident as we unite and move forward to eliminate hate and spread the love of Jesus in our communities.”