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Annual Honor Program 2018

2018 Honor Program

On September 20th, 2018, the annual honor program was held at the Garden of Peace to honor the memories of the victims whose names are engraved in the Garden. We were privileged to be joined by hundreds of family members, friends, and other supporters.

Founding Garden of Peace board member Evelyn Tobin welcomed all in attendance. Attorney General Maura Healey provided opening remarks. Keynote speaker Josh Moulton spoke eloquently of his sister, Rebecca, and of loss and then action in the aftermath of violence. We heard the voice of another survivor Danielle Bennett, who spoke about her cousin Sharrice, as well as about their family’s experience following their loss of Sharrice to homicide. Through their words, both Josh and Danielle conveyed hope and strength and dignity.

As is the custom, the names of the 47 victims added to the Garden since the last honor program were read aloud. Their families and friends, and those of many others whose names are in the Garden, lit candles in memory of their loved ones and offered support to one another.  

We were pleased to welcome back Mike and Dylan Verge, who performed Mike’s original composition, “The Garden.” Throughout the program and evening, Riverview Chamber Players performed music intended to promote healing. 

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