LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - December 21st is the first day of winter and it marks the 23rd Annual National Homeless Persons' Memorial Day, where communities across the country gather to memorialize homeless and formerly homeless individuals who have died in their communities.
Friday night, the Salvation Army in La Crosse held a memorial service to remember six homeless and formerly homeless individuals that have died in our community this year.
The service included a ceremonial reading of the names of those who died and lighting a candle for each individual and those who attended the service released balloons to honor and remember those lost in our community this year and in past years.
"Each year unfortunately we do have names to add to our list of individuals passing away in our community so its really important to remember as a community that this is a community issue, not just a Salvation Army or social service issue that our community needs to take recognition in our homeless population in la Crosse," says Kathy Bolling, case manager for the Salvation Army in La Crosse.
As part of the remembrance ceremony, St. Joseph's the Workman's Cathedral rang bells for each homeless individual lost in our community.
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