NATIONAL DAY OF REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY TO BE HELD IN LOWELL

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City of Lowell, Merrimack Valley Chapter of Parents of Murdered Children to Publicly Recognize Impact of Homicides on Greater Lowell Community

Lowell, MA –The City of Lowell and the Merrimack Valley Chapter of Parents of Murdered Children will co-host Lowell’s fifth annual Day of Remembrance ceremony on Thursday, September 26th. The observance, which publicly recognizes the impact of homicide on surviving family members and friends, will begin at 6:30PM at City Hall.

“The Merrimack Valley Chapter of POMC believes that for survivors of homicide victims, having their loved ones remembered is vital and that’s why we’re hosting this ceremony,” said Arnie Muscovitz, Chapter Leader of the Merrimack Valley Chapter of POMC.

The event will include a reading of the names of homicide victims in Middlesex County since January 2009, in addition to the names of chapter members’ loved ones.

“There is a homicide every 34.5 minutes in our country- this ceremony hopes to raise community awareness around this issue. It doesn’t just affect the victim; it affects family, friends and the community. We hope that by raising awareness of the impact that homicides have, we can help stop these horrible crimes.”

Guest speakers will include Mayor Patrick Murphy, Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian, Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office’s Chief of Victim Witness Services Anne Foley and Survivor Tom Duggan. Additionally, survivors will have an opportunity to share stories and memories of their loved ones in an “open-mike” setting.

The ceremony will be concluded by the Lowell High School Show Chorus, Directed by Joe Camara, singing “We are the Survivors”, as well as a release of balloons.

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