Friday, January 23, 2009

Loudon Ave Christian & Sweet Union Baptist “Get On Their Bus”

Two Abbott buses organized by Loudon Avenue Christian Church were scheduled for a midnight departure at the Walmart Valley View Parking lot.

It was a tight squeeze with heavy coats and “survival gear” as they settled into their seats. Sylvia Journiette of Roanoke began the roll call then joked as she tried to arrange passengers for a more comfortable trip saying, “once you get to DC you’re on your own.”

According to Sylvia’s husband, Eugene, the bus’s time slot was 6:30 AM and once arriving at the DC bus station they would take the Metro to the Mall.
Carolyn Word of Roanoke was able to flash a big smile when asked if the cold temperatures had changed her mind about going. Carolyn Word said she has been ready for this day for two years if not all her life. It was then 12:05 AM – the doors closed and off they went.

At Sweet Union Baptist Church passengers began arriving before the bus that did not arrive until 1:30 AM Tuesday morning. Hollini Davis, a reporter with WDBJ7 rode the bus to DC along with a camera person.

Inside the church travelers were making last minute “pit stops”, assembling belongings, and getting each others cell phone numbers in case they got separated. Besides staying warm this became a topic of concern as Sandra Cannaday from Backsburg said, “we need to be like ducks and stay all in a row.”

Clarice Walker of Roanoke seemed to have the right idea wearing a bright pink hat, scarf, and gloves so “they could find her.”
Reverend E. T. Burton, pastor of Sweet Union was the last to board. A skiff of snow still laid on the ground as the doors closed for departure at 2:00 AM sharp.

Posted By Valerie Garner

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