WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- On Saturday hundreds of people from different walks of life gathered in West Palm Beach to unite for one common goal - to put down guns and raise up kindness and compassion in the community.
The event known as the "Breaking Free Rally" is something the event organizer has hoped to do for awhile and he was shocked to see just how many people feel the same way.
Walking down Summit Boulevard in West Palm Beach, more than 500 voices united as one on Saturday.
Their desire is to break free from crime and drugs that continue to take the lives of loved ones.
The First Seventh-day Adventist Church of West Palm Beach organized the rally.
Participant Nathalie Lynch-Vidal said, "the negativism has to stop and so with the police escorting us keeping us safe then our young ones see a different perspective."
The group didn't let the midday sun dimminish their message.
Participant Benjamin Quito-Rigoni said, "It felt like we were getting recognized and people were listening to what we had to say."
Event organizer Pastor Shane Vidal said, "..and today is a symbol today is a testimony to all of us that when people unite amazing things can happen."
This is the first time they held the event and are hoping it doesn’t become a regular occurrence.