September 25 marks the National Day of Remembrance and Hope for murder victims. Silent Observer is planning the observance this year and will remember all victims of crime at a candlelight vigil at the Kent County Courthouse at 180 Ottawa NW at 6:30 p.m. on September 25. A granite bench, in remembrance of all victims of crime, will be dedicated at this event and its permanent home will be at the Courthouse near the entrance.
During the vigil, the names of those victims who would like to be remembered or recognized will be read out loud. Anyone wishing to submit their name or a loved one’s name should email firstname.lastname@example.org, with that information by September 21.
Immediately following the candlelight vigil, the attendees are invited to the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce where light refreshments will be served.
“The National Day of Remembrance and Hope is an opportunity to honor the memories of murder victims, to recognize the impact crime has on anyone unfortunate enough to have experienced crime and to realize the impact crime has on surviving family members,” said Chris Cameron, Silent Observer’s Executive Director. “After the initial shock of a death and news headlines fade away, family members and friends often struggle alone with their loss and become overwhelmed with the devastating experience of picking up the pieces. The National Day of Remembrance and Hope sends a powerful message to these individuals that we remember their tragedy, honor their courage, and vow to do whatever we can to help them rebuild their lives.”