Reconciliation Week Begins with Special Church Service

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Meridian, Miss. All of the recent violence in our area makes this year's Reconciliation Week even more meaningful.

The annual event started Sunday with a special church service at 31st Missionary Baptist Church in Meridian. Reconciliation Week is a series of events that remember those killed in the 2003 Lockheed Martin shootings in Meridian. The events also encourage people of different backgrounds to form friendships.

"We live in a society today where a lot of things happen," Pastor Samuel Thompson says. "There's a lot of violence, people are hating on each other. So, we decided that we would come together to show that at some point and time, we should reconciled. There's no such thing as certain races. There is but one race and that's human race."

Reconciliation Week continues Monday with free lemonade and music from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Dumont Plaza.