Reaching 100 is not always a reason to celebrate
Usually when the 100 milestone is reached—whether it is a person’s birthday, the anniversary of a business, the foundation of a community or school—it is a day to celebrate but not so today. The Take Back the Site Vigil being held this afternoon is the 100th since the effort to reclaim a site of violence for nonviolence began in 1999.
In a special article by Ron Leonardi in today’s Erie Times News Sister Marlene Bertke, who was instrumental in launching and organizing the program whose idea originated with Sister Mary Lou Kownacki, shared this about today’s vigil: "This person's life was just as valuable as any other, but no more valuable, so we decided we're just going to have the regular vigil and not make a big deal out of the fact that it's the 100th,'' she said. ''It's hard to feel good about anything about the vigils except for the families being so gratified that people attended. That's the most gratifying thing for me.'' Read the full article here.
Today's Vigil for Darrin (DeJay) Germany, Jr.
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