Pausing to Remember Heather Heyer on Anniversary of Violent Unite the Right Rally
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - People are taking time Monday to honor those hurt and killed in connection with a controversial rally two years ago in downtown Charlottesville.
Activist Heather Heyer was killed and dozens were injured when James Alex Fields junior rammed his car into a crowd marching in protest of the Unite the Right rally.
Folks continue to remember Heyer by stopping by a memorial along Fourth Street in Charlottesville.
“I'm paying my respect back to her and giving her wishes, best wishes, to know that we still hold a piece of her in our hearts," said Kenny Winston.
A camp with Charlottesville Parks and Recreation came out Monday, August 12, to look at the memorial and to teach children about what happened. The kids wrote a camp pledge, which was read aloud to remind them to make a change in the world. One line of the pledge says, "I will see people for who they are and not for who I want them to be, race nor gender will determine my actions towards others."
Two Virginia State Police Troopers were also killed on August 12, 2017, when their helicopter crashed following the violent rally.
Lieutenant Jay Cullen and Trooper-pilot Berke Bates died when their Bell helicopter went down in a wooded area of Albemarle County.
Cullen and Bates were monitoring the Unite the Right rally from above, then provided support to a motorcade for then-Governor Terry McAuliffe.
Federal investigators have not released a cause of the crash, and say a final report will likely not be released until next year.