By Kim Adams Graham

A candlelight vigil was held honoring the citizens of Union Springs who died in 2020 from coronavirus, violence, or natural causes. Union Springs Mayor Roderick Clark came up with the vision.

“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; A time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; A time to mourn, and a time to dance. Ecclesiastes 3: 1-2, 4)” was quoted at the vigil by City Councilwoman Faye Mason-Thorpe who also read a proclamation.

Pastors Wayne Roberts and Hawthorn Reed had comforting words and prayer with the community members in attendance. Sandra Cooper, Allison Tucker, and Tall Black gave musical selections.

The mayor and council proclaimed December 27, 2020, as “A City Day to Honor Our Fallen Citizens” in the city of Union Springs. In the end, white dove balloons were released into the air.

Mayor Clark stated, "I am overwhelmed by the response and love shown by the community coming together to honor the lives lost in 2020. This is how we move our community forward by coming together in love as one. There is no community without unity."

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