|Dimitri Schwartz, at the vanguard, leads the 10-mile pilgrimage|
This year's trek, which started at the Moravian Church in the Nazareth Circle at noon, slowly made its way along Route 191 and into Bethlehem, stopping at three churches along the way. It ended, as darkness fell, with Christmas carols at the Central Moravian Church in Bethlehem. Although most participants were from the Lehigh Valley, they included people from the coal regions, Maryland and Ohio.
Some have been making this an annual expedition since the '70s. As Grant Stevenson explains, "Somebody's gotta' be for peace." A sign at First Baptist Church, a rest stop along the way, refers everyone to Christ's message: "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."
|Lanna Melchiorre, Hillary Frigm and John Bergdoll join pilgrimage from Nazareth race track|
|Nick Butterfield, Tom Stimmet and Grant Stevenson join hike about 2 miles into trip|
|Russell Fry, age 8, walked the entire 10 miles.|
|After three miles, group rests at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lower Nazareth Township|
|It's a family affair for Bethlehem resident Rick Dow. His wife manned the sag wagon. His daughter forgot the camera.|
|After 6 miles, Colleen Gahman and Rhonda Mitchell are still smiling|
|Cindy Yost waves as she makes her way to First Baptist Chruch|
|Rita Skechus comes from the Scranton area to walk 10 miles for peace|
|In Bethlehem, pilgrims stop at First Church of the Nazarene for vigil candles|
|Sgt John Karr, one of Bethlehem's finest, provided traffic control|
|This is what it was all about - a call to peace|
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