I organized the local candlelight vigil for The National Day of Mourning. Please see here for my previous thoughts on this horrible tragedy. And here for more information from ASAN and the national event. I don’t have much more to say and I am pretty spent after the vigil and reading all of the other blog posts about the “epidemic” of autism. I really can’t say any more right now and am trying to process and think of a nice way to say what I am thinking. Parents should always love their children. No matter what. We are to protect them and love them.
Here is my event in pictures:
My husband (and Rusty!) helped by making the back to the poster so it would stand up. I was grateful and glad that my husband was so involved.
It was raining so he also had to help set up the canopy.
We did not have many people show up. Maybe because it was raining or because it was late notice. I hope that we can do this again next year and really plan and promote it within the community. But the people that did come were really moved by this and were telling me of other people that they spoke to about the event that were also very moved by the whole idea of it.
I spoke briefly about my thoughts on the tragedy and some of the participants spoke briefly as well. I then read the names and how they died while a candle was lit for each person that died so horribly.
Please read the list of names and how horribly they died. I hope that we honored them as much as they deserved. I do hope that this is an annual day of remembrance.
(thank you ASAN for providing the poster art)
“Mourn for the dead and Fight like hell for the living.” Well said Mother Jones! Please stop the hate.
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