Today is National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims




Dear friends,
I have been told that the violent death of a loved one is one of the most difficult situations for individuals and family members to recover from, if they ever do.  Many do not.  Many are plagued with catastrophic diseases and die prematurely due to their inability to overcome their deep grief. Others spend the rest of their lives attempting to medicate their grief with prescription drugs, illegal drugs or alcohol.  Even if they are able to eventually get some relief, they still have anniversaries and birthdays that cause them to re-live their original pain. The first few years are the worst, they tell me.
So, imagine with me the most dreadful devastating event in your life, and multiply it several times, to come even near the pain of the families of murder victims. That is what they are feeling most of the time. Our hearts go out to them.  Join me today in honoring these people.
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.
We ask that you keep all murder victims and their families and friends in your thoughts and hearts this weekend, and always.
In gratitude,
On behalf of TCADP

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