Winter begins with 22nd homeless memorial day

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Clark County — The first day of winter — with the shortest daylight and longest darkness of the year — is also National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day.

That’s a fitting occasion to remember people who have lost their lives while homeless, and to support the people who have been changed forever by homelessness.

Locally, Friends of the Carpenter and the Council for the Homeless have teamed up to host their second annual remembrance ceremony in honor of the occasion. There will be music, lighting of candles, reading of names, an ecumenical message of hope and a hospitality time with refreshments. The ceremony strives to be both public and intimate.

“We want people to know they are not forgotten and they are not alone,” said the Rev. Duane Sich, executive director of Friends of the Carpenter.

The event is open to everyone. It’s set for 9 a.m. Wednesday at Friends of the Carpenter, 1600 W. 20th Street, Vancouver.

National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day was begun in 1990 by the National Coalition for the Homeless. Learn more at http://nationalhomeless.org.