Longest Night, Worcester

posted by Mike on November 23rd, 2006

There will be a memorial event for those who have died homeless the evening of December 21. The event will begin at Union Station and end at St. John’s Church.

(announcement follows:)

The Longest Night: Worcester Homelessness Memorial Day rally and memorial service will take place on Thursday, December 21, 2006, the first day of winter and the longest night of the year.

This memorial observance is part of the National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day that since 1990 has called attention to the tragedy of homelessness and those who have paid the ultimate price for our nation’s failure to end homelessness.

On December 21st, Worcester Homelessness Memorial Day, a coalition of concerned Worcester residents and organizations will gather at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall Plaza (behind City Hall), where we will hold a rally and vigil to remember our homeless neighbors who died in 2006. We will then walk to St. John’s Rectory (44 Temple Street) for a 7:15 p.m. memorial service.

The rally behind City Hall will include a call to action as well as a reading and remembrance of the names of homeless individuals in Worcester who died in 2006.

At the memorial service at St. John’s Rectory, religious leaders from a variety of faiths will each say a few words about the loss of homeless members of our community.

Together these memorial events will honor those who have died and call our community to recommit to the task of ending homelessness.

Please join us on December 21st – The Longest Night. Together we can make our communities safer and healthier for all.

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