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Temecula Valley Cross Walk draws more than two-thousand residents and visitors to carry crosses, show their faith on Good Friday

Crosses of many sizes at 2014 Temecula Cross Walk (c) Crispin Courtenay

Crosses of many sizes at 2014 Temecula Cross Walk (c) Crispin Courtenay

Temecula Valley Christians united once again on Good Friday, 2014 to walk for the love of their savior. And not even a bomb scare could stop them.

Cross walkers Keep Calm and Carry your Cross (c) Crispin Courtenay

Cross walkers Keep Calm and Carry your Cross (c) Crispin Courtenay

Approximately 2,500 attended the walk, many carrying crosses of their own making for the 2 mile hike.

Families gather to show their faith in Temecula's 2014 Cross Walk c) Crispin Courtenay

Families gather to show their faith in Temecula’s 2014 Cross Walk c) Crispin Courtenay

In the annual event, organized by Campus Crusade for Christ, continues to be a local favorite, however due to the Temecula Valley Unified School District spring break schedule, many students did not have the day off school — but that was not a deterrent for the faithful.

Playing guitar on way to Cross Walk (c) Crispin Courtenay

Playing guitar on way to Cross Walk (c) Crispin Courtenay

The City of Temecula closed lanes, allowing the procession to advance unimpeded along Overland, Jefferson, and into Old Town Front Street, however a suspicious bag left at Sam Hicks Park slowed their progress while police and fire departments searched the premesis.

Teens walk together on the way to Sam Hicks park in Old Town Temecula c) Crispin Courtenay

Teens walk together on the way to Sam Hicks park in Old Town Temecula c) Crispin Courtenay

While riding his bike down Jefferson, Temecula resident John Childs spoke of seeing the group, waiting. “Apparently two people argued, and one left a large bag that had everyone thinking was a suspicious device.” Childs said.

Sheriff’s public information officer, Deputy Armando Munoz, reported that upon investigation was just twigs wrapped in paper, more than likely thrown away by a transient in the area.

Cross walking procession halted for bomb scare, then progressed to  Good Friday assembly at Sam Hicks Park c) Crispin Courtenay

Cross walking procession halted for bomb scare, then progressed to Good Friday assembly at Sam Hicks Park c) Crispin Courtenay

 

The park was reopened just after noon, allowing all to meet, worship, and enjoy each other’s company in this long-standing Temecula tradition. “It was great to see everyone down there, spending time together and reflecting on the day,” Childs said.

Stage at Sam Hicks Park, where momentary bomb scare halted Cross Walk progression (c) Crispin Courtenay

Stage at Sam Hicks Park, where momentary bomb scare halted Cross Walk progression (c) Crispin Courtenay

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About Ashley Ludwig

Ashley Ludwig is an Editor for Patch News, Orange County and Los Angeles. She is also an inspirational romantic suspense author.

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