Memorial to the Lost

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The death toll rises, but we won’t forget.

Thanks to all the volunteers who came out today to install the Memorial to the Lost at the corner of Whitby Rd. and Concord Pike. We also had help from members of Wilmington Peacekeepers (yay Terry!) and folks from the Wilmington Friends Meeting, where the tee-shirt memorial will go next.

Earlier today, a strong contingent from First Unitarian came to the forum sponsored by Movement for a Culture of Peace at the Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew—a wonderful organization BTW—and many of the same people showed up at First U in the afternoon, despite the rain.

The day was gray and wet, as was the mood when the news came that another shooting incident in Wilmington had taken yet another life on Friday night. Our memorial will expand tomorrow to include 23-year-old Gene Malone, who was linked in a triple shooting in West Center City. His homicide is the 27th this year in the city, equaling the record set in 2010.

The memorial on the First Unitarian corner will be seen by thousands during the next two weeks. It will be formally dedicated on Sunday, Dec. 14, during the worship service—on the second anniversary of the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn. Twenty-seven lives were lost that day; as of yesterday, we have lost 41 human lives to gun violence in Wilmington since that awful day on Dec. 14, 2012.

The Wilmington News-Journal posted a video late this afternoon of the preparation and installation of the Memorial to the Lost.

http://www.delawareonline.com/videos/news/crime/2014/12/06/20013123/

An article describing the memorial will appear in the Sunday paper.

Many thanks to Bryan Miller of Heeding God’s Call, a Philadelphia-based anti-violence organization that has engaged with faith groups in Wilmington. The tee-shirt memorial is a visible reminder of the toll of gun violence, but it’s just a symbol of the work that can be done in Delaware to prevent this from happening. Look for more about Heeding God’s Call after the holidays. (And hey, don’t let the G-word hang you up. We’re all in this together.)

Thanks to Elizabeth Siftar for the following photo gallery.

 

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