OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) - The Opelika community gathered Tuesday to take back their city, participating in 30th Annual National Night Out in order to raise awareness about area crime.
"We will let the violent people know we're not going to have it anymore and we are going to raise our young people and they are going to be free to roam and play and not be afraid," explains Opelika Night Out Coordinator, Mattie Clark.
Dozens of people took part in a march starting at the Antioch Baptist Church and ending at the Covington Recreation Center.
Their message was clear, let us live in a safe environment and join together as a family to raise our youth.
"We as adults have to be there for them and we got to show them the key to being successful and they have the opportunity to be whatever they want to be. Each child in Opelika has to understand they are important to this city," says Opelika resident, Oscar Penn
City leaders and law enforcement officials were there to show their full support for National Night Out and believe coming together is key for a better tomorrow.
"We have young people out here that have always been great followers of leaders and we have leaders that are instilling in them the importance of actually being a good citizen," explains Councilwoman Patsy Jones.