By Cierra Putman
BIG SPRING - Thousands of West Texans banded together Monday to remember and honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
While many of the festivities happened during the day, Big Spring waited for the sun to set to hold a march and rally in honor of the slain civil rights leader.
People of all races hit the pavement in remembrance of Dr. King on Monday evening for the 17th Anniversary of Big Spring's annual march and rally.
The group walked down Martin Luther King Boulevard from Gregg Street to FM 700.
During the march, walkers sang and chanted but quitted down to pray that King's teachings of non-violence and love for all man kind would continue on.
Parents and organizers at the march say they hope the younger generation left with a better understanding of king's legacy.
"I'm just hoping they'll learn the importance of community," Marcher, Michael Davs said. "We don't really come out a lot of community events and what he's about and what the holiday's about."
"I want them to learn that he stood for togetherness, he stood for peace, he stood that we may be equal no matter what color your skin is," Organizer, Stephanie Horton said. "But most of all, I want him to know that he stood for all of us to walk hand in hand, to all work hand and hand not against, but hand and hand together, not against one another but loving each other."
The Big Spring Police and Fire Departments escorted the group so they could walk up and down the Boulevard which was about three miles.
Those who weren't able to march showed their support by following along in their cars.