TOMÉ, NM (KRQE) – It’s an annual tradition; hundreds of people in New Mexico will make the trek up Tomé Hill to show their faith.
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The top of the hill is a spot for prayer, drawing people from all over the state, young and old.
Many walkers just starting to get out Friday morning at the base of the hill are dedicating their journey to a loved one.
Two Belen eighth-graders are walking in honor of family members in need. They will begin at St. Mary’s Catholic School and will walk the steep two mile trip to the top where there are three crosses.
It’s a sturdy climb, but it’s worth it for them.
Carli Teioze says she will say a prayer for her grandfather, who is recovering from a heart transplant, “it’s a sacrifice to say thanks, thanks for saving his life, thanks for that heart, thanks for everything we’ve had these past years.”
Garrett Moore will say a prayer for his cousins, one who suffer from seizures, and the other with down syndrome, “”I’ll ask to help him in the future, for my cousin not to have seizures and help my other cousin so he can learn how to talk again and no one will make fun of him and they’ll accept him.”
While everyone makes their journey, law enforcement will be out patrolling and orange barrels have been placed on both sides of Tomé Hill road for a couple of blocks.
Officers are reminding walkers to wear reflective clothing and drivers should be wary of the walkers around the area.