Remember the Homeless

Yesterday I attended a memorial service for homeless people who died in San Antonio. Below are a few words that I wrote for The pictures that accompany the writing on were taken by Darren Abate. When I get my thoughts and notes sorted out, I will be adding my own thoughts to what I observed last night.

About thirty people attended a candlelight vigil that was held Monday night at Milam Park in Downtown San Antonio in observance of National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day, which is traditionally held on or about the first day of winter – the longest day of the year – in observance of homeless persons who died during the year.

National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day was established in 1990 to bring attention to the plight of the homeless and to remember those who lost their lives to homelessness.

The memorial was sponsored locally by SAMMinistries, Coker United Methodist Church, and several other organizations, and nationally by the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Health Care for the Homeless Council.

Tonight’s memorial included a city proclamation read by Navarra Williams, the Chair and CEO of SAMMinistries, along with prayers and song by others. Attendees came together to keep the candles burning, if only for a few moments, due to a pronounced wind. The candles burned, held by attendees, as the names of the homeless who died in San Antonio this past year were read aloud to the toll of a brass bell. In all, seventy-four names were read.

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