Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson officially declared April 13 as World Civility Day during a press conference at City Hall Tuesday morning.
"You can be on different sides of an issue," she said. "You can argue your point vociferously, but you can always be respectful and civil."
Freeman-Wilson held the press conference ahead of the second World Civility Day on Thursday, which is hosted by Community Civility Counts. The event includes a full day of civility-centered workshops at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond and then a dinner gala at Avalon Manor in Hobart.
Community Civility Counts was created by the Gary Chamber of Commerce in partnership with The Times Media Co., in an effort to bring civility back into everyday interactions.