WILMINGTON, MA — Last month, the Town of Wilmington held its 7th Annual Candelight Vigil for Substance Use Awareness. The ceremony was originally scheduled to take place on the Town Common, but was relocated to the fire bay at the Wilmington Public Safety Building, due poor weather.
The vigil, organized by Health and Recovery Coordinator Samantha Cavanaugh allows residents of Wilmington and surrounding communities an opportunity to remember those they have lost to the disease of addiction, celebrate those who are living healthy lives once again, and to come together to reduce the stigma associated with addiction.
The evening’s special guest speakers included Cavanaugh, Select Board Chair Judy O’Connell, Police Chief Joe Desmond, and two local individuals in recovery. Abundant Life Pastor Ron Grimley offered a prayer. Wilmington High School’s acapella group, Soundscape, performed several songs.
The ceremony ended with a powerful video montage of remembered love ones.
Prior to the vigil, high school students planted 44 purple flags on the Town Common to represent the 44 lives lost in Wilmington to substance abuse over the past seven years.
Watch the video, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, by clicking the link below:
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