BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- During the longest night of the year, the city of Bangor will come together to remember those who have died alone, silently and often times without any public recognition.
The Hope House Homeless Shelter, Hammond Street Congregational Church, and Bangor Homeless Shelter will be putting on Bangor's annual Homeless Memorial Day to mourn the homeless who died in 2012. Last year the vigil drew more than 100 participants and organizers are hoping to double that number this year.
To remember the homeless who have passed away the vigil was organized on the first day of winter, the longest night of the year. Executive Director of the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter, Dennis Marble, says that the gathering isn't about politics or discussing public policy, but rather a chance to pay tribute to those who often had no one else there during their last days. "One time of the year to stop and recognize the fact that there are homeless people who have died in a state of homeless and that's what tonight is all about," says Marble.
The vigil is being held at the Hammond Street Congregational Church at 28 High Street in Bangor Friday, December 21 from 5:45pm - 7:00pm. A special service of music, poetry and meditations will be held. Refreshments will be provided at the conclusion of the services.