MINOCQUA - Dozens marched to Minocqua's Torpy Park to reflect on Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech, which he recited on August 28, 1963.
"Which was a very long time ago, and yet it is still so incredibly pertinent, which is heartbreaking," said Northwoods Progressives member Tara Woolpy.
The Northwoods Progressives organized the event, which was held to honor Dr. King's vision and to "respond to [the] recent eruptions of violence and hate" in the country.
"When they read Martin Luther King's speech, it's just mind-boggling that took place in 1963 and we still haven't achieved it," said Kitty Hasse from Minocqua.
Hasse felt motivated to brave the rain to participate in the event.
"I'm marching with my granddaughter for the first time," she said. "In this chaotic society we're in right now, peace is very important."
There was a moment of silence during the gathering for the victims of the Charlottesville attack.
"I think it's important to show that we are united and that these things that are happening in the world today are not OK and that we will not put up with it," said Crystal Strange from Sayner.
The turnout did give people a sense of hope.
"There's a lot of people fighting for peace, that is in their heart and they would come out and fight the elements to make their statement for peace," said Hasse.
"It felt great to know that we are all on the same page and that we all just want love and peace for one another," said Strange.
Many people want the event to bring awareness to others.
"I just hope that everyone can just realize that we're all one in the same," Strange said. "We need to teach our children to love your neighbor, not to look at someone differently because of maybe their religion or where they're from or the color of their skin."