The Mill Valley Neighborhood Watch will participate in the America's National Night Out Against Crime and Drugs on Tuesday, Aug. 2 with its fourth annual flashlight walk.

The Mill Valley Neighborhood Watch will participate in the America's National Night Out Against Crime and Drugs on Tuesday, Aug. 2 with its fourth annual flashlight walk.

The walk will begin at Creekview Elementary School parking lot at 8:15 p.m. and proceed down Creekview, turn onto Valley Street, come out on Mill Road and end in the Mill Shopping Plaza at 9:45 p.m.

"This is a special opportunity for the citizens of Mill Valley to show the community at large that we are genuinely committed in our efforts to ensure a safe and crime-free neighborhood and are united in our efforts working with law enforcement, city and county officials, schools, service organizations and the business community to achieve this critical quality of life goal," said Pete Emmons, Mill Valley Neighborhood Watch organizing committee coordinator.

In addition to starting the walk at the school, residents can join the walk at Creekview and Mill Boulevard at 8:30 p.m.; Creekview and Village Drive at 9 p.m. and at Cinammon and Mill Road at 9:15 p.m.

Return shuttle transportation will be available for citizens, as requested.

Each of the walk stages will have a watch captain and an honorary chairperson to lead the citizens. Water will be provided along the route.

This year's honorary chairpersons include Mayor John Gore, city administrator Terry Emery, Police Chief Floyd Golden, Union County Sheriff Jamie Patton and city council member Tracy Richardson.

Richardson said she is very proud of what the Mill Valley Neighborhood Watch has done for the community.

"We've worked together and we continue to work together to make Marysville a wonderful place for families and for all citizens," she said.

Richardson said the annual event is an "awareness walk."

"Safety is a really important issue in the city," she said. "When you can promote safety and a drug-free community, and you can get neighbors involved in that process, it can only do good things for everyone."

The event will be held in light rain; signs will be posted by 7 p.m. the night of the walk if it is canceled. If postponed, the walk will be rescheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 3.