Hundreds of Springfield area residents marched just under three miles on Saturday as part of the “Save Our City March” to fight the negative stigma placed on those who are battling or who have overcome addictions.
Freeway Ministries hosted the event which participants said was the first time a major march took place in Springfield to fight stigma against addiction.
The march began at the fieldhouse on the Baptist Bible College campus and ended at First Baptist Church in downtown Springfield.
The event also featured several marchers talking about being arrested by the Greene County Sheriff’s Department and how their arrests were the catalyst for them to realize they needed to help and to see treatment for their addictions. They stated “thank God for the handcuffs.”
Organizers estimated that 75% of those who participated in the march had been arrested or incarcerated.
The group then prayed for the members of the Greene County Sheriff’s Office.