Today, September 25th, marks the fifth annual observance of National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims. This day honors the memory of homicide victims and acknowledges the resulting long-term trauma for their families, communities, and the nation.
In the words of J.B. Van Hollen, the Attorney General for Wisconsin:
The National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims sends a critical and powerful message to these individuals that we, as a nation, remember their tragedy, honor their courage and vow to help them rebuild their lives because violent crime affects every one of us. Let Sunday be a call to work diligently to prevent the violence that destroys lives and devastates families.
To mark this occasion, Murder Victims’ Families for Reconciliation (MVFR) will be running a slide show of pictures of loved ones on the front page of their website throughout October. If you’d like to have your loved one included, please send an electronic picture of your loved one to: MVFR Remembrance Slideshow. [If you have trouble with the link, send the picture to firstname.lastname@example.org]
We ask that you keep all murder victims and their families and friends in your thoughts and hearts this weekend, and always.