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Dozens of people gathered in Gettysburg on Saturday to promote peace. The “Voices of Unity” event was held on the grounds of the Lutheran Theological Seminary; featuring live music, sports, games and children’s activities. Folks in the crowd held unity signs to show solidarity and respect for all people in the community. The event was organized by the Adams County Unity Coalition as a counter event to a KKK rally that was being held less than a mile away.
“We want people to know that Gettysburg is a community where hateful speech is not acceptable, not tolerated, so we wanted to make sure that was on the forefront today,” says Ashley Andyshak Hayes, Director of Advocacy and Public Relations at the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County.
A few members of the Confederate White Knights of the Klu Klux Klan gathered in the parking lot of Gettysburg Borough Hall. They spoke in opposition of President Barack Obama. They say he is an illegal President because they do not believe he is a true American citizen. The group originally planned to hold its rally on the Gettysburg Battlefield, but had to change locations because of the federal government shutdown.
The leader of the group said he would like all races to come together to impeach the President, however the KKK is historically known to be a white supremacy group.

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A planned Ku Klux Klan rally at Gettysburg National Military Park this weekend has been canceled due to the government shutdown.

The park has rescinded all permits for special events, including the Oct. 5 demonstration held by the Maryland-based KKK group, according to park spokeswoman Katie Lawhon.

The group had received a special use permit to assemble on the lawn north of Meade’s Headquarters along Taneytown Road.

 Katie Kyros:  A Ku Klux Klan group has now been granted permission to hold a rally at Gettysburg National Military Park on Taneytown Road.

The National Park Service says it preserves historic resources, making them “available to all Americans, even those whose views are contrary to the majority of the American public.”

The group is called the Confederate White Knights and it’s based in Maryland.  Their leader says they’re planning a small demonstration demanding proof of President Obama’s citizenship. The rally will be held on October 5th.

“I’m sure we’ll have counter-protestors, I’m not sure what they’re trying to protest other than we’re the Klan,” says Richard Preston, the group’s leader.

Meanwhile, the Adams County Unity Coalition will hold a unity event at the same time, at the Lutheran Seminary. It will feature music and kids’ activities.

“I think a lot of people are feeling the same way, that this isn’t something that we want in Gettysburg, this isn’t what Gettysburg is about,” says Ashley Andyshak Hayes of the Gettysburg YWCA.

The park says additional law enforcement will be there to keep visitors and demonstrators safe.

A Maryland-based Ku Klux Klan chapter has been granted a special permit to assemble at the Gettysburg National Military Park, according to park officials .

In a written statement Thursday, the National Park Service said the permit was issued to the Confederate White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, which plans to  rally in Gettysburg on Oct. 5

The demonstration will be held from 1-4 p.m. on  the north lawn of Gen. George Mead’s headquarters on Taneytown Road, the release states.

“The group requested the permit under the first amendment of the United States Constitution which grants all citizens the rights to freedom of speech,” according to the news release. “As custodians of land owned by the American people, the National Park Service has a responsibility to make that land available for exercising those rights.”
The news release stated additional law enforcement agencies will assist the park to make certain that demonstrators, visitors, and staff experience a safe atmosphere on the day of the event.

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