Posted at: 05/25/2013 5:26 PM
Updated at: 05/25/2013 5:36 PM
By: Nick Winkler
The theme of this year's event for Missing Children's Day was "Make Noise For Missing People."
Event organizers say they've held too many moments of silence. They're making noise, thanks to a band and group of dancers, in an effort to raise awareness and focus the public's attention.
The BCA says more than 9,000 people age 17 and under were reported missing in Minnesota last year. Most are found and return home. However, today's event was geared toward the children who have not come home.
5 Eyewitness News spoke with parents whose children went missing decades ago. Some are still hopeful they will find their children alive.
They're urging the public to check the BCA's missing person clearinghouse so they might recognize a missing child should they come across one.
Organizers are also hoping to spark more conversation regarding safety between parents and children. For instance, organizers say children must be taught the majority of abducted children are taken by someone they know rather than a stranger.
For more information visit Missing Children Minnesota's web site: www.MissingChildrenMN.org