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Tampa remembers the homeless
Tampa remembers the homeless

Tampa, FL - Hillsborough County along with the city of Tampa will remember those who died alone on the streets of our community today during the annual Homeless Persons' Memorial service.

Held annually by the Homeless Coalition of Hillsborough County, this year's service will be held in Joe Chillura Courthouse Square in downtown Tampa (across from County Center, 601 E. Kennedy Blvd.) at 6 p.m.

"This memorial service is to honor and remember the lives of our neighbors - our homeless neighbors," said Rayme Nuckles, CEO of the Homeless Coalition of Hillsborough County. "This is the only memorial service most of our homeless neighbors will ever have."

While the Homeless Coalition knows the names of 54 homeless men and women who died in Hillsborough County without shelter, there are many more who died whose names remain unknown.

Forty-nine men and three women will be remembered at this year's memorial service. The average age at death was 51.

Recognizing the significance of this event, Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio and the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners have proclaimed December 21, 2010 as Homeless Persons' Memorial Day in the City of Tampa and Hillsborough County, respectively.

During the service the name of each known homeless person who died in Hillsborough County this year will be read and a candle lit in their memory. At the end, a large candle will be lit for those whose names are unknown.

Several clergy from the area will share remarks of remembrance and hope. Music during the service will be performed by The Tampa Oratorio Singers. Last year 47 people were remembered. Since 2004, the Coalition has remembered 339 homeless men, women and children who died on the streets of Hillsborough County.

National Homeless Persons' Memorial Day is nationally sponsored by the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Health Care for the Homeless Council. Across the nation, more than 100 communities participate in remembering homeless people who died.

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