A candlelight vigil will be held on Old Main Lawn on March 29 to protest global violence and to honor the lives lost in the terrorist attacks in Belgium. The event, hosted by Brandon Sullivan and Hope Schmid, initially spurred from the bombings in Belgium, but will also recognize other terrorist attacks around the world.
The vigil was created to remind students that terror happens every day in some part of the world, even though it may not be publicized by the media to the same extent. “I think you need to put a lot of blame on the media,” Sullivan said. “They refuse to cover the attacks elsewhere around the world in such depth for whatever reason.”
Sullivan and Schmid ask students to “stand together in solidarity and reflection” as they protest all forms of terrorist attacks around the globe. Similar to the vigil following the terrorist attacks in Paris, there will be an open forum for participants to speak their minds and connect with others in attendance. The event starts at 8 p.m., but attendees are asked to arrive at 7:45 p.m.
Schmid, emphasizing the purpose of the vigil, said, “We are here to bring together human beings who are mourning over lost lives. We are praying for Turkey, Belgium, and the world.” Sullivan and Schmid are adamant about recognizing the global problem and “moving slowly, but surely, towards peace.”