The walk was sponsored by Belleville AmeriCorps, Belleville Main Street Inc. and St. Elizabeth's.
It also commemorated the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the presidential inauguration of Barack Obama.
Eckert welcomed the people who participated.
"In these challenging times, we must continue to strengthen and to help each other," he said. "That is the way we get stronger, working together."
Shrake said St. Elizabeth's is an eager participant in the character program.
"St. Elizabeth's wants to be an important part of keeping the quality of life," he said.The Belleville West Maroon Majik chorus sang "Let There Be Peace on Earth," with the crowd joining in on the last chorus.
As the leaders spoke, many eyes were on the large screen behind them which was showing the inauguration. The television cameras kept a close eye on Obama and so did the crowd.
After Obama took the oath, the room exploded in applause as it seemed did all the televised gatherings that were shown. There were even a few tears shed in pride and excitement.
Taking in all that happened on the walk and at the U.S. Capitol, Shrake said, "This is an incredibly exciting day."
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