2nd Annual Peace Vigil – Saturday

Above: Last January, community members held a candlelight vigil for peace in the rain. They plan to hold a 2nd annual vigil this weekend, hopefully without the rain. (top photo by Beth Melo)

Neighbors for Peace is promoting a 2nd Annual Peace Vigil this Saturday, January 11th at 3:00 pm:

The tradition was started last year to celebrate our town’s diversity and promote peace and unity. We will gather at 3pm at St. Mark’s Field. All are welcome.

While the “tension” between the U.S. and Iran isn’t completely coincidental, the event isn’t connected to “No War with Iran” protests planned across the country this weekend. Making the vigil for peace an annual event had already been discussed by organizers. The recent situation prompted them to schedule and finalize plans. 

The intent is to be “non political”, non-partisan, simply:

Prayers for Peace and Unity, Coming Together as Community.

There is only a slight chance of rain, but given last year’s event, I’m sure the gathering is rain or shine.

Last January, Neighbors for Peace held a Candlelight Vigil on a rainy Saturday. Speakers (mostly huddled under umbrellas) included resident Safdar Medina, Selectwoman Lisa Braccio, State Senator Jamie Eldridge, State Representative Carolyn Dykema, Rabbi Rachel Gurevitz of Congregation B’nai Shalom in Westborough and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church’s Reverand Phil Labelle.

The vigil will be held again on St. Mark’s field, at the Main Street corner of Rtes 30 and 85.

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