But at another spot along the waterfront another small crowd had also gathered today with a more important task, to bring awareness to the anniversary of the unjust detention of three American hikers who were taken on July 31 a year ago. And the weather could not have been more perfect.
Mayor Don Ness was on hand to introduce Senator Al Franken who arrived just in time to lead the march from the War Memorial near Fitgers up to The Play Ground inside the Technology Village where a silent auction was held to benefit the families of the imprisoned young people.
This is a sad anniversary. I gotta tell you, I can’t wait to meet Shane, Sarah and Josh… The families have been so dedicated, courageous, determined and smart. Nobody trains you, there is no manual on how to be a parent of a child that has been taken by a foreign government. There is not roadmap. I have worked closely with Cindy Hickey and all the parents… This has been torture for them because you have to be careful when dealing with a government like Iran. I am sure there are things she would like to say but cannot ….