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Dec. 21 is the longest night of the year, and there’s going to be a vigil in Virginia Beach

VIRGINIA BEACH — On the longest night of the year and the first official day of winter, communities across the nation will gather to commemorate the lives of the men and women who have died homeless.

In observance of National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day on Dec. 21, the public is invited to the memorial service and candlelight vigil at 7 p.m. at the Housing Resource Center, 104 N. Witchduck Road.

“Housing is a basic human right for all and this annual vigil serves as a powerful reminder that precious lives are still being lost due to homelessness,” said Teresa Stanley, Virginia Beach Human Rights commissioner. “It is a hopeful sign of great progress for us to be gathering for this annual vigil for the first time at the new Housing Resource Center, which provides an integrated array of services offered by the full community working together to make homelessness rare, brief and nonrecurring in our city.”

The Virginia Beach memorial service and vigil is sponsored by the Virginia Beach Human Rights Commission, the Department of Housing and Neighborhood Preservation and the BEACH Community Partnership.

For more information, call 757-385-5761.

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