Every year on December 21st, the longest night of the year, hundreds of communities across the country remember lives lost of homeless individuals. It's part of the National Homeless Persons' Memorial Day. La Crosse took part in that memorial at the Salvation Army.
10 names were remembered in a ceremony led by Salvation Army Corps Officer Major Jeff Richardson. A candle was lit for each name read. Major Richardson led a moment of silence for reflection and a choir of Silent Night.
"It's always meaningful to remember the friends we've met who've come in from homelessness [that] you've built a relationship with and they've gone on before us," said Major Richardson. "It's always a good thing to take a few moments, particularly this time of year, to remember them."
Salvation reps said the number of names read at the memorial is lower than previous years but that having any names on that list at all is still very unfortunate. In the future they hope to see collaborative efforts increase even more until that number of names is down to zero.