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Shrewsbury Wears Orange

SHREWSBURY, Massachusetts – Iconic locations around Shrewsbury will be illuminated with orange on Thursday, June 2, as part of the nationwide #WearOrange campaign marking National Gun Violence Awareness Day.

The Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge spanning Lake Quinsigamond will be flooded with orange lights, as will the First Congregational Church on Shrewsbury’s historic town common.

The #WearOrange campaign grew out of the death of a 15-year-old Chicago honor student, Hadiya Pendleton, who was shot in broad daylight, the unintended victim of gang violence. Her friends came up with the idea of wearing orange because it’s the color hunters wear to protect themselves. This June 2nd would have been her 18th birthday. Her friends’ simple gesture has grown into a national day of remembrance for the 91 Americans who take their own lives or are otherwise killed by gun violence each day.

At 7 p.m. on June 2, the First Congregational Church in Shrewsbury will hold a prayer vigil to mark the day. Face painting—in orange, naturally—be available on the common prior to the vigil.

People across the country are urged to #WearOrange on June 2 and post pictures of themselves doing so on social media.

Several private homes and other businesses in Shrewsbury —- Heald & Chiampa Funeral Home, Danielson Flowers and Britton Funeral Home, all in Shrewsbury — also plan to “wear” orange to help honor the lives of those affected by gun violence.

In Boston, the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge, Rose Kennedy Greenway and the Prudential Center, will be illuminated with orange lights on June 2. Some of the organizations supporting the non-partisan #WearOrange campaign include The American Academy of Pediatrics, Sandy Hook Promise, The Brady Campaign, the National PTA and several Major League Baseball teams. You can find more information at http://www.wearorange.org.

The relatively new Central Massachusetts Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America has been highly successful. In fact, the leader of the Central Massachusetts Chapter, Kim Long of Shrewsbury, will take over as statewide leader next month. For more information, or to arrange an interview with Central Massachusetts Chapter lead Kim Long of Shrewsbury, please contact:

Vanessa Parks 508-868-0271
Kim Long 508-410-4896
Central Massachusetts Chapter

Central Massachusetts Chapter




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