Boston holds first annual Father’s Day Unity Walk

BOSTON (WHDH) - Fathers and families hit the streets of Boston Sunday for the first annual Father’s Day Unity Walk.

Members of the Boston Police Department joined the community to celebrate dads and their families.

But for those who have lost loved ones to violence, Father’s Day is a sad reminder of lives, young or old, taken too soon.

Sunday’s walk is organized by Moms Demand Action, a nonprofit that aims to find a solution to the nation’s culture of gun violence.

Police Commissioner William Evans attended the event, stressing the importance of ending violence in the city.

“Traditionally, June, July and August, the summer months are our most violent, and that’s why we gotta sorta buckle down and work together and stop this senseless violence,” Evans said.

Families in Dorchester also joined together Sunday, for the annual Walk Against Violence, hoping to raise awareness and bring an end to violence in the city.

Dozens of people gathered Sunday morning at the South Bay shopping area in Dorchester to march through the city’s streets.

They hope to bring attention to the cause, so that next year other families won’t have to spend the day without their children or fathers.

Another peace walk will take place in Boston Monday night.

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