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Vigil honors homeless victims

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WATERLOO (KWWL)-- Tuesday is the longest night of the year and it's cold. For the homeless, it's another challenge to face.

To mark National Homeless Person's Memorial Day, a candlelight vigil took place Tuesday night in Waterloo.

Dozens gathered in Lincoln park to remember homeless Iowans who have died due to lack of shelter, employment and healthcare.

''I think that homeless people in particular, are kind of, we don't see them. They kind of melt into the environment and most of us don't run into them and or don't recognize them so it's important for us to come out to make a special effort to remember there are people who don't have a place to stay like we do," said Dave Cushing, who helped put on the event.

Organizers hope to make this a yearly event in the Cedar Valley.

In 2009 more than 152 cities and counties conducted Memorial Day events on or around Dec. 21 to honor the more than 2600 persons who died homeless that year.

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