ST. LOUIS — Children in St. Louis came together Wednesday for something they shouldn't have to do.

They marched in honor of kids, who are no longer with us.

It was a walk to remember the children killed in gun violence in our city this year.

"Our kids know that things are happening, and it definitely had an impact on some of our campers," said camp supervisor Barbara Schaefer.

Their little feet marching down Manchester for a big cause.

"I wanna see change in my neighborhood, that people just don't have guns or anything," said Allison Hemphill.

These kids are campers at the Midtown Community Services Summer Academy.

Every year for the past 30 years, they've rallied in the city's Grove Neighborhood, going against violence and asking people to give "pizza chance", as their pizza-themed shirts say.

"Peace means no violence, no drugs, no guns, like just happiness," said camper Daya Patrick.

"I think our campers, unfortunately, some of them have had situations in their own families to so it's not just in their backyards some of it is in our houses and in our homes," said Schaefer.

You know how they say kids pick up everything, well they do that with bad memories too.

"I felt sad. I know like last year somebody died like right in front of my house and they were doing like shooting," said Patrick.

And all they want is for the violence to end. 

"A lot of people get shot and stuff harmed very badly just because of guns and violence and drugs and we want to stop it," said Patrick.

And they'll do their part by having their voices heard.

The parade is also meant to help those young kids discover their voices.

Therapists say it's important to talk to your children about these difficult topics before they head back to school this fall.

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