Community marches in Dayton in rally to support Postal Service

Peter Hall, with megaphone and from Centerville, leads a group of about twenty people who marched for the post office. Jim Noelker/Staff
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Peter Hall, with megaphone and from Centerville, leads a group of about twenty people who marched for the post office. Jim Noelker/Staff

About 20 people gathered at the Dayton Federal Building for a rally to support the Postal Service on Tuesday evening. The event, organized by Centerville High School students and graduates, was an effort to stand up for the post office, an organizer said.

Peter Hall, a Centerville High School student who organized the event, said he wanted to host the rally for two reasons. First, he wanted to uphold the Postal Service as a function of democracy.

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“People vote by mail every year for a variety of reasons, if they’re in the military or have to work, but especially this year with the pandemic, it’s important for those who are immunocompromised or those who are living with someone who’s high risk,” he said. “We saw a warning in 46 states that the post office may not be able to process ballots, so we’re here to say we need to fund these organizations to make sure it can handle this as part of our democracy.”

Hall also said he wanted to support the Postal Service amid financial cuts to the institution, saying it is a public service.

“The post office has been under attack for years now,” Hall said. “It provides essential services to veterans, rural communities and other places that FedEx or UPS might not be able to reach. The goal isn’t to make money, it’s to provide a service to its citizens.”