By Tim Woerner / Staff Writer

For 30 minutes each they stood arms outstretched on platforms backed by a cross at the side of Cumberland Falls Highway.

For much longer, they reminded visitors, Jesus Christ suffered in the biblical story of his crucifixion.

Volunteers at Grace on the Hill Church in Corbin performed the annual tradition Friday in preparation for Easter services and as a reminder to passer-bys of the solemnity of the religious and historical event.

“We weren’t there to witness the crucifixion, but we can see it represented,” said Laura Lebanion. “It’s interesting to see the reactions on peoples faces as they drive by. It’s a powerful thing to see.”

The observance took place between 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at the bottom of the hill the church sits atop.

“When you’re standing on the cross it’s a way for you to remember,” Lebanion said. “Your arms start to hurt, a lot of times it’s cold and windy and you’re tired and achy. I couldn’t take it for 30 minutes, but He took it for hours.”

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