Apr 19, 2014 12:49 AM by Sam Salzwedel
TUCSON - Dozens of people carried a large wood cross up A Mountain to celebrate Good Friday.
David Herrera, 93, started the tradition after returning home from World War II. He served in the Army and Navy in the Pacific Theatre.
"I noticed most of the little kids needed to go to church," Herrera said. "And I got them to go to church, but they didn't like it. Because what they wanted is somewhere to participate."
So he got them to re-enact Jesus carrying his cross to his crucifixion.
"They liked it very much," Herrera said. "Some of them wanted to do it every day, and I told them, ‘You can't.'"
Manny Jacques, 52, has been a part of the procession since he was about 10 years old. Later in his life it became more important.
"I personally started this because I was drinking a lot," Jacques. "And I needed something that the AA classes weren't helping. So this helped me out. And turning to Jesus, it just helped me out."
They stopped in 14 places on their way up the mountain to read the Good Friday story. The cross will stay under constant watch through Easter Sunday morning when they hold their sunrise service.