Walla Walla march planned in response to swastika

The march will start at Whitman College on Saturday afternoon and proceed to the scene of the vandalism, Heritage Square Park.

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WALLA WALLA -- A march is planned for Saturday in response to the swastika recently burned into grass at Heritage Square Park.

The "community march against hate" will start at 3 p.m. at Reid Campus Center, at Park Street and Boyer Avenue at Whitman College, according to a news release.

The march will proceed to the park, which is on Main Street between Pete's Ski Shop and La Colombina.

At 3:15, remarks from religious leaders and public officials, as well as prayers for the community, are planned leading up to a 4 p.m. conclusion, according to the release.

"We are gathering as members of diverse congregations and neighborhoods to say together that one swastika is one too many in Walla Walla. There is no place for hatred in our Valley. No one should feel fear because of their religion, ethnicity, race or other aspect of their identity. Together we make up a rich and diverse community," organizers said in the release.

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