Unity Days Celebration Planners Discuss Security Measures, Planned Events
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Plans for the anniversary of the deadly violence surrounding the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville are becoming clearer as the city's first Unity Days celebration becomes a reality.
At their meeting on Wednesday, May 8, members of the Unity Days Action Committee discussed security, among other topics, as they continue to plan more events to help the community move past the violence that occurred in August 2017.
Members of the Charlottesville Police Department attended Wednesday night’s meeting in an effort to get a better idea of the type of events that will be happening this summer.
Officers would not comment on specific security measures, but they did say any Unity Days events on the anniversary weekend would be handled on a case-by-case basis.
City leaders, police officers, and members of the committee agree that they want things to be different this year for the city.
“We're looking to celebrate August 11th and the 12th,” Rosia Parker, a member of the Civilian Review Board, said. “Instead of looking back at 2017, we just want something to be different and brand new that hopefully this will be something that City Council will approve for years to come.”
The committee is still accepting proposals from the community for any events or program ideas.
You can see a full list of all the Unity Days events and planning sessions here.