Reconciliation Week 2019

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Reconciliation Week events continued in downtown Meridian Monday, honoring the fallen workers of the 2003 Lockheed Martin mass shooting.

Six people were killed and eight others injured as a disgruntled employee opened fire on his co-workers at the plant before taking his own life.

In an effort to bring people together, family and friends of the victims passed out free lemonade and iced tea at Dumont Plaza late Monday morning.

"Look back and then embrace and going forward and bringing everyone in this city together and just remembering the things that did happen with what happened," said Mayor Percy Bland. "It brought so much hope because of what we do each and every year for Reconciliation Week."

The next event in a week full of activities will be the Reverend Charlie J. Miller Memorial Luncheon at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday at Union Station.
The Rev. Miller worked at Lockheed and was among the people who died in the shooting, along with Sam Cockrell, Mickey Fitzgerald, Lynette McCall, DeLois Bailey and Thomas Willis. The guest speaker is the Rev. Ben Spears of NorthPark Church.

The Mayor's Prayer Breakfast will be Friday, July 12, at 6:45 a.m. at Meridian City Hall. The guest speaker is the Rev. Fred Luter of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans.

The breakfast will be followed by the Mission Mississippi Dialogue, also at city hall, with facilitator Neddie Winters, president of Mission Mississippi.

The Reconciliation Ride is Saturday, July 13, starting at 11 a.m. led by the Queen City Cruisers. The ride will be from Lockheed to Forest Lawn Cemetery.

For more information about any of the activities, call Stacey Miller at 601-482-2489 or email celebraterw@att.net.