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Day of Hope will focus on the future

May. 16, 2013 @ 06:47 AM

Day of Hope will focus on the future

The Day of Hope 2013 Remembrance Service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18, in the Marshall University Medical School parking pavilion on Charleston Avenue in Huntington.

In May 2005, four teenagers lost their lives in a senseless and heinous multiple murder, a violent crime committed against them and their families but also an evil atrocity committed against the Tri-State area and the citizens of Huntington.

War was in effect declared upon us by people who are still eight years hence at large.

To redress this evil, the Huntington Neighboring Initiative was founded, and the house on Charleston Avenue where the murders occurred was purchased with the intention of eventually rehabilitating the house and converting it to some positive community service application.

We recognize that if the atrocity of those kids' murders is ever forgotten, our community will almost certainly suffer a repeat of such disgusting violence.

To forestall that potential, the Neighboring Initiative has sponsored an annual commemoration known as The Day of Hope, which has received enthusiastic support from numerous local churches, notable individuals and key public figures.

As part of our annual Day of Hope Service, the Neighboring Initiative also has sponsored the Steven L. Ferguson Award, which is annually conferred upon noteworthy private individuals who have quietly served our community. These individuals for the most part have been nominated by local church leaders and then selected by the board of the Neighboring Initiative.

We invite all to join us in the annual renewal of our quest for healing, hope and justice and as we recognize one among us as being a role model for us all to emulate in our daily lives whose quiet service over the years gives us ample reason to have hope for a better stronger and healthier community.

James Holt

Huntington

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