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People gather to celebrate their meaning of Easter

Hundreds of people gathered to celebrate Easter on Coleman Hill. Danielle Apolinar/WGXA

MACON, Ga.-- The birds were not alone when the sun rose on Easter Sunday. Hundreds of people gathered on Coleman Hill in Macon to take part in the century old Easter sunrise service.

People came out for different reasons. Couple, Camerone Trent and Culas Hutchinson, came out to celebrate Easter and said Easter means hope to them.

"It's life. It's grounding, it's to remind you about what it's really about. The community and everyone gathering together and the sun coming up. It's hope," said Hutchinson.

Others gathered to be with family and thank God, like Kaleata Hernandez and her family.

"Seeing everybody worship, and just not forgetting about how important to know that he died for our sins," said Hernandez.

She said Easter is a special time where her family spends more time together than usual with a big family meal.

Betty Joyce Bryant Brox has attended the sunrise service for about ten years, and said every year the service is beautiful and everyone is friendly. She was excited to get back to her Easter tradition which is cooking and getting things ready for her five grandchildren. She said that's her favorite part of Easter.

"Just to have the kids happy and giving them Easter baskets," said Brox.

Organizer of the event for 20 years, Sam Henley, said Easter means new beginnings.

"We all get a big do over and we can be inspired and grow in our faith no matter how old we are or how young," said Henley.

This sunrise service, put on by Mulberry Methodist Church, has been a Macon tradition since 1917.

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