IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) - People holding a peace vigil at the Pentacrest in Iowa City hope the power of their song resonates. They were singing “We shall overcome.” Pat Minor says President Donald Trump's inauguration brought her out.
She says, "[His] lack of respect that he has shown for people like war heroes, people of color, like women all make me worried."
Ed Flaherty started the peace vigil more than a decade ago. The Army Veteran started it to protest war, and promote peace. Friday’s vigil doubled in size, due in part to the inauguration.
Flaherty says, "This is gonna be the biggest military that the world has ever seen. And it's one of the things he's said, and let’s have a nuclear arms race. Let’s go for it. Those are the things that concern us."
Clifton Johnson was also at the vigil. He remains positive that America will unite.
He says, "With Trump's presidency I do feel like a lot of people have fear, and they're worried about the future, but at the same time, we're all here to work together. And as long as we stay strong we can do anything."