Over 2000 people attend the Easter Day Sunrise Service at Bald Knob Cross on Sunday, April 4, 2021 in Alto Pass, Ill. The service started at 6.30 a.m. and ended at 8 a.m. (Monica Sharma | @ms_clicks)
Over 2000 people attend the Easter Day Sunrise Service at Bald Knob Cross on Sunday, April 4, 2021 in Alto Pass, Ill. The service started at 6.30 a.m. and ended at 8 a.m.

Monica Sharma | @ms_clicks

Bald Knob Cross welcomes over 2000 visitors for Easter Sunrise Event

April 4, 2021

The 85th Annual Easter Service organized by Bald Knob Cross welcomed over 2000 attendees from all over Illinois on Sunday, April 4, 2021.

With social distancing in place, visitors enjoyed live worship music outdoors at sunrise under the cross. The program lasted for almost two hours and started at 6:30 a.m.

“Last year there was nobody on-site and the sunrise was broadcasted live on WSIL TV,” Jeffrey Isbell, the Executive Director of Bald Knob Cross and the organizer of the event, said. 

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The Sunrise service started 85 years ago in 1937 with the desire of two men with an aim of bringing people together. The service started with the attendance of 250 people at that time. 

“The cross was built after 20 years the Sunrise Service started and we are still celebrating it. People from all over the world come to visit this monument in Southern Illinois,” Isbell says.

Though the cross symbolizes Christianity, it is open to everybody who comes to seek peace of mind. Isbell says.

Cross organizes different events throughout the year. “Blessing of the bike, blessings of jeeps and fall colors are also some other programs we organize,” Isbell added.

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