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Mainers to remember murder victims during 6th annual observance

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Chapter of the National Organization of Parents of Murdered Children and Other Survivors of Homicide Victims will hold its sixth annual National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at the University of Maine at Augusta.

The Maine Day of Remembrance will take place from 1-3 p.m. in the Fireplace Room at Randall Center, according to a news release chapter members issued this week.

This observance will pay tribute to the hundreds of Maine related citizens who have been murdered.

Past programs have included remarks from speakers including the state’s governor and attorney general, officials from the Maine State Police as well as leaders of victims’ assistance organizations and survivors of those whose lives have been ended at the hands of another.

Songs of inspiration and hope and prayers also are offered. Survivors and others will again be privileged to have the Empty Place at The Table memorial on display, courtesy of New Hope for Women.

“Not only is it meaningful for our loved ones to be remembered, it is important for the public to recognize that any murder has devastating effects on our communities and the pain endured by their families and friends who must relive the nightmare for the remainder of their lives,” said Arthur Jette of the national organization’s Maine chapter.

The Maine chapter of Parents of Murdered Children and Other Survivors of Homicide Victims has provided support services for surviving family members of murder victims and murder prevention programs for more than 22 years. The group currently is working to create a permanent memorial monument, dedicated to homicide victims, for placement in Augusta.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served after the program. Those who have lost someone to homicide are encouraged to bring a framed, free-standing photo and any small personal item representing their loved one for a memorial display table.

For information or directions, call 277-3518 or 623-8642.

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