Sunday began National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

    This year’s theme is "Extending the Vision: Reaching Every Victim."

    Care Lodge Domestic Violence Shelter and the City of Meridian have partnered to hold a Candlelight Vigil to honor local victims of crime tonight at at 5:30 p.m. on the lawn in front of City Hall.

    The public is invited to bring lawn chairs and attend the event. Free parking will be available in the downtown parking garage. In case of inclement weather, the vigil will be moved inside City Hall.

    In addition to recognizing and supporting crime victims and their families, the event will include prayers for first responders and a safer community.

    Prayers will be led by Rev. Carl White from Highland Baptist Church, Pastor Glenn Hall from Eighth Avenue Church of God, and Rev. Helen Tester from the Episcopal Church of the Mediator.

    In a news release issued by Care Lodge, Meridian Mayor Cheri Barry stated: "For decades National Crime Victims’ Rights Week has been a way to promote victims’ rights and honor crime victims and those who fight for victims. This is the only voice for some victims. The City of Meridian is proud to support this much needed effort.”

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