RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - On this first day of winter, the longest night of the year, bells tolled in downtown Richmond and candles were lit to remember the many people in our community with no refuge from the cold, no permanent shelter, no place to call home.
At Tuesday night's 20th annual homeless memorial service the names of 17 people were called out who died homeless this year in Richmond.
"We want to honor those individuals, honor their worth and dignity as our neighbors and children of God. It's also an opportunity for us to raise awareness to raise consciousness in our city," said Rev. Wallace Adams-Riley.
"As we are in our homes warm and during this season to remember there are those who're not as fortunate as us, do the best that we can to try to give back and care for others," said Rev. Tyrone Nelson.
The homeless memorial at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Richmond was one of hundreds that were held across the country Tuesday.