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Gettysburg unites in solidarity with Ukraine

Hundreds of people gathered on Lincoln Square in Gettysburg this afternoon for a candlelight vigil in solidarity with Ukraine.

In addition to candles, the gathering protesting the Russian invasion included stories, songs, poems, Ukrainian flags, and inspiring messages from local politicians, artists, teachers, pastors, and community leaders.

Adams County Commissioner Marty Qually led the group in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

“Now in 2022, we must fight for justice for the people of Ukraine. We must know that their struggle is our struggle. We must raise up our voices and we must add our voices to theirs. When free voices are silenced, there is no justice,” said Qually

Local music teacher Natalie Raymond said she was born in the Ukraine and received a PhD in musicology in Kyiv before emigrating to the U.S. “I emigrated because I saw tanks in Moscow,” she said. My emigration process took 20 years.”

Raymond said she continues to fight for justice and freedom. “No, Russia, you didn’t win this war. Everything that’s happening is an atrocity. This is the wrong way to treat the Ukraine,” she said.

Raymond articulated a list of ways pressure could be placed on Russia in response to the invasion, including asking all countries to stop buying gas and oil from Russia.

The vigil closed with the singing of the National Anthem of Ukraine.

The event was organized by Ambassadors of Love PA.

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Charles Stangor is Gettysburg Connection's Publisher and Editor in Chief.

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