National Homeless Persons' Memorial Day 2009

The National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day 2009, organized by the National Coalition for the Homeless, represents the 20th annual day of commemoration of its kind. The nationwide event will be realized locally in Boston as an Interfaith Homeless Memorial for those who have died on the streets without homes. Details are as follows:

Monday, December 21 at 1:00 PM
The Cathedral Church of St Paul
138 Tremont Street
Boston

According to information sourced from the website of the National Coalition for the Homeless:

“Each year since 1990, on or near the first day of winter and the longest night of the year, National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH) has sponsored National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day to bring attention to the tragedy of homelessness and to remember our homeless friends who have paid the ultimate price for our nation’s failure to end homelessness. This year, the National Health Care for the Homeless Council (NHCHC) has joined us in co-sponsoring this event.”

December 21, 2009 is the first day of winter, and the longest night of the year. This makes it a solemnly appropriate moment during which to reflect upon the inhumane conditions of life on the street in a New England winter. It also makes the moment a critically important one for all housed advocates to renew and reinvigorate the fight to end homeless, starting right here in Boston. 

For more information, access:

(1) St. Paul’s December/January Newsletter
http://www.stpaulboston.org/MediaView.asp?id=45

(2) National Coalition for the Homeless material
http://www.nationalhomeless.org/projects/memorial/memorial09.pdf

http://www.nationalhomeless.org/projects/memorial/

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