Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day is honored nationwide, usually on the longest night of the year, the solstice.
In Concord, we honored this day on December 19th, 2019.
Many other cities and towns around the state will hold vigils in remembrance of our community members whose lives were shortened by homelessness. It is a special time, in the midst of the holiday rush and bustle, when we pause and come together in a reverent way to mourn the lives lost and the human cost of homelessness to our community. For some, this is the funeral and closure they never got for their loved one. We gather to honor these lives, lift their stories, and elevate the voices of those with something to share about the friends and family members lost.
The program will include a reading of the names of those lost, music, and readings, and candles will be lit in remembrance.
The Rise Again Outreach truck will be present to collect any donations of warm winter outerwear and boots, winter socks, blankets, hand and toe warmers and batteries, should participants want to bring something for those in need.
This year the event in Concord is sponsored by 22 organizations and faith communities:
The American Friends Service Committee
The Baha’i Faith of Concord
Bow Mills United Methodist Church
Community Action Program
Concord Coalition to End Homelessness
Concordia Lutheran Church
Families in Transition
First Church of Concord UCC
Family Promise of Greater Concord
The Friends Program
The Friendly Kitchen
Greater Concord Interfaith Council
The NH Coalition to End Homelessness
NH Peace Action
The Poor People’s Campaign
Rise Again Outreach
Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church
South Church UCC
Temple Beth Jacob
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Concord
Wesley United Methodist Church