Since the 20-year-old soldier first disappeared in April (remains found in June were confirmed as Guillen's last week), her parents have been advocating for the military to change how it handles reports of sexual harassment and assault, according to The New York Times.
Guillen's death has led to veterans nationwide sharing their stories of sexual harassment in the military using the hashtag #IAmVanessaGuillen.
Thursday's march, organized by Chantele, Veterans for Peace, and 1Hood, started with emotional speeches in front of the Federal Building on Liberty Avenue.
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Chants included "Say her name! Vanessa Guillen!" and military cadences echoed through Liberty Avenue, Smithfield Street, and Forbes Avenue before stopping briefly in Market Square where Chantele spoke of her military experiences and how recruiters gain access to high school students' information.
Ending the march at the Katz Plaza, a candlelight vigil and moment of silence were observed by the group before dispersing, with some protesters staying to seek advice from Chantele in regards to military service.