Parkersburg, Marietta to hold 'March for our Lives' rallies on Saturday

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - This Saturday, people will take to the streets of Washington D.C. for a "March for our Lives" rally. According to its website, the goal is to end mass shootings in schools.

Pam Howard, a Pleasants County resident, is traveling to the nation's capital with 2 other people. She says she's attending the rally because she's always involved in addressing social issues.

The Mid-Ohio Valley will be holding similar events this weekend to show their solidarity.

Mary Barbara Hanna, a Wood County resident, organized the Parkersburg March for our Lives event. She said she supports the gun culture of West Virginia and the right to bear arms but also hopes for stricter gun control laws. She wants people to have a conversation about the issue.

"I also encourage people to listen and build some empathy and try very hard to see both sides," she said.

"The main point is we all are on the same side of wanting safety in our city, that's what we all want. Some people see it using guns, some people see it giving up guns or having stricter laws we're all on the same side though and that's what I really want to emphasize."

Hanna says people can start the march at either Parkersburg High School or Parkersburg South High School. She encourages people to walk on the sidewalks. The march ends at the Wood County Courthouse.

It begins at 10 a.m. For more information, you can visit

An hour later, another rally will get underway in Marietta. It will take place at Muskingum Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will feature various speakers, voter registration help, and information tables.

Organizers say they hope to address safety in schools.

If there is inclement weather, the activities will take place at the First Congregational Church on Front Street.

For more information on this rally, you can visit

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