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"United We Stand" Rally Held in Salisbury

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United We Stand t-shirt from Friday's community rally. (Photo: WBOC) United We Stand t-shirt from Friday's community rally. (Photo: WBOC)
Community members at Friday's "United We Stand" rally. (Photo: WBOC) Community members at Friday's "United We Stand" rally. (Photo: WBOC)

SALISBURY, Md. - Neighbors, community leaders, and members of law enforcement gathered Friday morning under one common banner; "United We Stand."

The community rally was held Friday morning at the Pohanka Toyota dealership on Route 13 in Salisbury.  The goal was to bring people of all races and backgrounds together and unite the community during a difficult time both in our country and around the world.

Reverend Mark Thompson led the rally of roughly 200 people in prayer Friday morning.

"We pray that the community will stand united and that this gathering will start the healing in our community," Thompson said over the speaker system.

As Thompson's prayer wrapped up, he led the crowd in a chant of "United We Stand."

Among those in attendance were neighbors around Delmarva, some with strong, emotional ties to law enforcement.

"My son was a police officer in Worcester County, Brian Heller, killed in the line of duty in 2000.  And we're here to stand together," said David Whidmann of Parsonsburg.

"Six years ago, I lost my son in a tragic accident responding to help somebody else while he was on duty in Prince George's County," said Tom Jensen of Ocean Pines.  "Since that day, me and my wife have dedicated ourselves to give back to the community and too these officers."

Police were on hand as well from the Salisbury Police Department, Wicomico County Sheriff's Office, Worcester County Sheriff's Office, and Maryland State Police.  The officers were there to not only show gratitude for the outpouring of community support, but to just simply be a part of their community and establish bonds with people they see and serve everyday.

Local leaders on hand Friday morning believe the event shows the solidarity within the community, but believe more can always be done.

"This conversation has got to keep happening in churches, in neighborhoods, in houses around dinner tables, in city council chambers, in county council chambers, and all over the shore," said Salisbury Mayor, Jake Day.  "And if we continue to do that, we're all going to be ok."

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