Waunakee community takes part in Peace ‘Walk’

WAUNAKEE, Wis. — Dozens of people gathered Sunday night in Waunakee looking to spread a message of hope and unity.

The event was scheduled to be a Peace Walk starting at the Waunakee Village Center, but new gathering restrictions in Wisconsin and Dane County limited the group to stay in their cars.

Organizers of the community drive-thru said they wanted to give people a chance to express what peace and unity in their community means to them.

“Everyone being locked down doesn’t contribute to unity,” said organizer Cassandra Punsel. “People are just hungry to realize that united we stand and divided we fall. They wanted an opportunity, so here we go, we’re providing an opportunity.”

Organizers said members from the community, including high school students, pitched in to make the event possible.

Sunday’s drive-thru coincided with the start of the annual Rotary in Lights in the village park. The lights will be on each night at 5 p.m. through Dec. 31.