Over 1,000 People Attend Candlelight Vigil at UVA in Response to White Nationalists
Hundreds of people marched at the University of Virginia in a candlelight vigil in response to the white nationalist events last weekend in Charlottesville.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Hundreds of people marched at the University of Virginia Wednesday night in a candlelight vigil in response to the white nationalist events this past weekend in Charlottesville.
Marchers said this is in an attempt to "take back the Lawn". The march started around 9 p.m. at Nameless Field. People marched up the Lawn and around the Rotunda, ending at the Thomas Jefferson statue.
Their steps traced the same exact route Unite The Right supporters took on Friday in their torch-lit rally that ended in fighting and was declared an unlawful assembly by police.
Marchers say they walked the same path as the white nationalists to take back UVA.
“They tried to change who we are and after we have been grieving for those few days I think that we are back on our feet. said Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer. "We are going to be stronger than ever, and I think that's exactly what this represents. This is replacing that horrific image from last weekend with this image, this is one of love and love does defeat hate and we know that in Charlottesville."
"You never think that something is going to happen to your city and you never think your city is going to become a hashtag, that people are talking about and then you see it all over the place...and its super scary and you just want to take your city back, so that's what we're doing," attendee Audrey Miller said.
All marchers met at the UVA Rotunda to sing songs like “Lean on Me.”
Wednesday's vigil was not advertised on social media in fear of the groups from Friday and Saturday would return to disrupt this vigil.