A message from Lourdes Linato-Crawford, the President of Bridge Builders, in a Letter to the Editor in the June 16th edition of the ADN:
Our heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the victims of the Orlando, Florida, massacre. Our sympathy to the citizens of of Orlando whose world has changed drastically because of this senseless attack. We stand in solidarity as we pledge to stare down the hatred and resist the fear such actions produce. We need to strengthen our resolve to adhere to Gandhi's words: "Be the change we want to see." Acceptance and love for all will triumph over the evil that permeated Pulse, a refuge for many.
As we grieve for those beautiful Americans whose lives were cruelly taken, we invite you to join us on the Fourth of July as together we walk to realize our vision of making Anchorage a city of inclusion with true acceptance that promotes and celebrates harmony and respect for all.
We will meet at 9:45 a.m. in front of the ConocoPhillips building downtown, at 700 G St. Walkers are encouraged to wear their culture's traditional clothing, red, white and blue, or a color rainbow. Bring an American flag to proudly wave as we walk the parade route.
Over the years, Bridge Builders of Anchorage's colorful and eclectic participation in the Fourth of July parade has truly become a community tradition! Join us in this display of unity where we make the statement that all are welcome in our "All American City," Anchorage!