As the names of people who died in the past year are being read, Liza Urena lights Will Thomas' candle at the Homeless Memorial Day vigil in Concord.Photo: AFSC / Arnie Alpert
Vigil participants spoke about the lives of their friends who died in the past year.Photo: AFSC / Arnie Alpert
Homeless Memorial Day events were held this year in Concord, Keene, Laconia, Lebanon, Manchester, Nashua, Newport, Peterborough, and Portsmouth.
Coinciding with the longest night of the year, Homeless Memorial Day is an annual opportunity to remember the lives of those whose deaths were hastened by homelessness, and to rededicate ourselves to efforts that make decent, affordable housing available for everyone.
Thirty people who died in the past year were remembered at the vigils.
Governor Maggie Hassan issued a proclamation which declared December 21 to be Homeless Memorial Day in the State of New Hampshire and called on all residents of our state “to work together to provide those in need in our community with access to a safe, warm place to stay.”
Three dozen people, many of whom are homeless or formerly homeless, attended the vigil in Concord.