FRAMINGHAM – Framingham FORCE held its 2nd Annual Candlelight Vigil Sunday, Dec. 2 for lives lost to substance use disorder.
Attendees placed purple flags on the Framingham Centre Common to honor the lives lost last year in Massachusetts.
Update: The goal was to place more than 2,000 flags at the Common, like last year, but due to the weather, only a few flags were placed.
“We will plant the flags in the spring when there is not threat of them being buried in the snow,’ said Cathy Miles, one of the FORCE founders.
This was the second year the organization had placed the flags on the common.
After the placement of the flags, a candlelight vigil was held.
Several elected leaders, including Mayor Yvonne Spicer, School Committee Chair Adam Freudberg, City Councilor At-Large George King, District 2 School Committee member Ricky Finlay, District 4 City Council Mike Cannon, District 1 School Committee member Beverly Hugo, State Rep. Maria Robinson, City Councilor-elect Janet Leombruno District 5 School Committee member elect Priscila Sousa, District 2 City Councilor elect Cesar Stewart-Morales and District 9 School Committee member elect William Labarge, attended the event.
Established last year, Framingham FORCE is a group of local Framingham advocates and community members focused on increasing awareness, education and compassion surrounding the opioid epidemic.
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