PRESS RELEASE: HOMELESS PERSONS’ MEMORIAL DAY
Provided by Jim Lynn
The first-ever Lincoln County Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day will be observed in Newport at a gathering at the gazebo in Don Davis Park, 840 W. Olive Street, on Wednesday, December 21, at 3 p.m.
Spearheaded by County Commissioner Bill Hall, the County has concluded the 4th year of a 10 year plan to eliminate homelessness. Lincoln County will take its place among more than 140 celebrations across the nation, some of which have been happening for 20+ years. (There are 3 other celebrations in Oregon—Albany, Douglas County, and Portland—who have been active in the observance.)
The public is cordially invited, and especially welcome are persons who are experiencing homelessness, families and friends, advocates for homeless people, and those for whom the alleviation of homelessness is an important priority.
The event will blend Native American ceremony and prayers and music from the Judeo-Christian tradition, with a focus on healing and hope. Refreshments will be served as the celebration concludes.
The nationally selected date is the winter solstice, the longest night and shortest day of the year. Locally, it is sponsored by the Interfaith Community for Peace and Justice. For more information, please call Jim Lynn @ 541-704-5941.