"We will remember and we will do all we can to help our brothers and sisters who need us"

Thirty-one people gathered at State House Plaza under a cold drizzle Wednesday afternoon to remember the lives of 26 formerly homeless people who died in 2011.  Homeless Memorial Day vigils also took place in Manchester, Nashua, Keene, Lebanon, Newport, and Laconia.

Maureen Ryan, Administrator of the Office of Homeless and Housing Services for the State of New Hampshire, read a proclamation from Gov. John Lynch, who urged all New Hampshire citizens “to work together so that all of our people have shelter.”

Participants included members of the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness, volunteers from the three winter shelters now running in the city, and members of Save Our Cold Kids, a Concord High School student group.  

The Concord vigil was organized by the American Friends Service Committee’s Maggie Fogarty, who led a short litany:

In the cold and dark of the longest night of the year, we know that thousands of people are alone and homeless.

ALL:  We remember and hold them in our hearts and prayers.

We have named the names of those we know who have died.  We know there are others whose names we do not know.

ALL:  We remember and we hold them and their loved ones in our thoughts and praryers.

Let our awareness and caring guide us in working to build a community in which there is adequate food and shelter for us all.

ALL:  We will remember and we will do all we can to help our brothers and sisters who need us. 

Click here for a short video, photos, and an article about the Concord vigil from patch.com.

Click here for a Nashua Telegraph article about the Nashua vigil.

Click here for a Laconia Daily Sun article about the Laconia vigil.

Click here for a Laconia Evening Citizen article about the Laconia vigil.

Click here for a Keene Sentinel article about the vigil in Bellows Falls VT.