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2014 Annual Honor Program was held on Thursday, September 18, 2014 | 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Garden of Peace to Memorialize 40 Victims of Homicide at 10th Annual Honor Program

     Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 5:30 PM. Rain or Shine.

WHERE:  The Garden of Peace is located on the plaza behind 100 Cambridge Street in Boston.

WHAT:     Hundreds of family members and friends will gather as the names of 40 victims of homicide will be added to the statewide memorial, bringing the total number of homicide victims memorialized since the Garden was first dedicated in 2004 close to a thousand. The newly engraved names will be read by family members and community supporters who founded the Garden of Peace, which was dedicated in 2004.

WHO:       Will Morales, Executive Director of the YMCA Achievers and the Egleston Square Youth Center, will deliver this year’s keynote address. Morales is no stranger to violence and homicide. A former gang-member, he was in prison when his younger brother was killed in a fatal shootout with police. Upon release Morales sought opportunities to help end the violence devastating his community. From his early volunteer work gang intervention efforts and community development programs , he has become a leader, advocate and beacon of hope for youth in Boston and beyond.

Annie Cox, a Garden of Peace board member and Boston Police Office, will share the story of her beloved son, Dana R. Cox, (June 23, 1971 – October 17, 1990).

Once again Mike Verge and his son Dylan will perform along with the Wil Darcangelo & The Tribe, an independent, student-run, adult-mentored, social enterprise rock band in Fitchburg, MA, will perform a song written for the occasion called “Rough Stones.” 

A full listing of the homicide victims, along with their city/town affiliation in Massachusetts, will be released before the event.

If you would like to volunteer to help the garden of peace volunteers prepare for the honor program, or contribute to the community pot luck, please e-mail [email protected].

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