Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day vigil Dec. 20 in Veterans Park

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MANCHESTER, NH – In the darkest, longest stretch of the season here, and around the first day of winter across America, communities are coming together to commemorate the lives of their city’s homeless, who have died as part of a National Homeless Persons’ Remembrance Day.

Here in Manchester that number is 35 known to  have passed away in 2018.

A vigil at Veterans Park on Elm Street will include staff from Catholic Medical Center’s Health Care for the Homeless, along with Mayor Joyce Craig, other advocates and healthcare workers, members of the faith community and neighbors, who will gather at 6 p.m. to honor the lives of the homeless and formerly homeless who have died in 2018.  The brief ceremony will include a reading of the names of those from Manchester who’ve passed.

There are 64 individuals being remembered statewide. Luminaries to those men and women will be lit in Veteran’s Park.

Participants are encouraged to dress appropriately and bring a battery-operated candle (a limited number will be provided) or cell phone flashlight to participate.  The program should last 20-30 minutes.