The Annual March for Religious Freedom will be held on Sunday, January 11, 2015, in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Participants will assemble at the Fredericksburg train station at 1:00 PM, with the march beginning at 1:30.
The route will be from the downtown train station to the Monument to the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom on Washington Avenue. The Fredericksburg Coalition of Reason will carry its banner in the parade. If it's too chilly some of us may peel off as the parade leaves Caroline St. to join the public Religious Freedom Celebration at the Central Rappahannock Regional Library Auditorium hosted by the Fredericksburg Coalition of Reason (Hot coffee, tea and snacks will be served). Some of us will go all the way to the Monument with the banner. The Knights of Columbus will conduct a ceremony at the termination of the march. The celebration is expected to conclude by 2:30 PM.
The featured speaker at the downtown Library Auditorium will be UMW Professor Mary Beth Mathews who will speak on the topic "Religious Freedom: Always Approaching, Never Reaching". There will be a presentation of awards for the three winners of the middle school Importance of Religious Freedom Essay Contest that was sponsored by the University of Mary Washington and Fredericksburg Coalition of Reason. The students have been invited to read their winning essays. There will be plenty of coffee, tea, and snacks at the Library celebration.