However, no matter the location, the purpose of the nationwide celebration remained the same.
The event is an opportunity to celebrate the community, a time to look at all of the good things going on in the area, and a time to educate the younger generations and show them that violence doesn't have to be a part of their lives.
This is the second year Erie has taken part in the national event, and this year had an added twist: a one hundred year rededication ceremony of the Captain Charles Vernon Gridley monument, located on Erie's west side.
"It's been 100 years. A lot of people pass this monument everyday and they're not very familiar with the background and the part of Erie history that Captain Gridley played," said Erie mayor Joe Sinnott.
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