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Supporters (left to right) Susann Paus-Gortowski, Susann Spring and Marilyn Malik stand in solidarity with Syria Thursday, April 13, during a vigil on Breidert Green. Photos by Bob Klein/22nd Century Media
John Ganeff lights a candle for Susann Paus-Gortowski.
Participants (left to right) Jennifer Larkin, Tina Zagone and Chris Greiner listen to speakers from the Southwest Suburban Activists.
F. Amanda Tugade, Contributing Editor
9:38 am CDT April 18, 2017

The evening of April 13 was rather chilly, but for the small group who gathered at Breidert Green in Frankfort and expected rainfall, the weather was more than favorable.

The crowd was composed of couples, friends and families.

Some came equipped with handmade signs that read “Hate has no home here” or “Together with Syria,” while others held tightly onto their American flags, which billowed in the breeze.

Silence washed over them as Emily Biegel stepped on stage, grabbed hold of the mic and began to read a few poems aloud.