HAGERSTOWN --Â A bagpiper moved slowly up Washington Street, the sounds of his instrument filling the air as about 45 people followed Monday night.
Curious onlookers peered out from homes along the route, and another man in the procession gently tapped on a drum.
The event was held on the International Day of Prayer for Peace, when people around the world were expected to pray for calm. Among the concerns of the local group were the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and racial intolerance, incivility and violence here at home.
The local call for peace started when the group gathered at 7 p.m. in the parking lot of Hagerstown Church of the Brethren at the corner of East Washington and Mulberry streets.
The Rev. Ed Poling, pastor of the church, strummed a guitar and sang songs like "Peace Like a River," and the crowd joined in.