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Rally And Funeral Procession To Mark Homeless Persons' Memorial Day

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Albert Townsend stands by a coffin representing the 26 homeless individuals who died in D.C. this year.
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Albert Townsend stands by a coffin representing the 26 homeless individuals who died in D.C. this year.

Today marks National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day, when cities nationwide will honor those who have died homeless in the past year.

This year’s memorial began on Thursday with an all-night vigil in Freedom Plaza, and is being followed this morning by a rally and funeral procession. A coffin — representing all those who have died without a home in D.C. this year — will be marched to New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, where the official memorial service will take place.

"This coffin represents [homeless] people who have died on the street; 26 people this year have died. The vigil represents those homeless people, and not just the people who died, but also the people who live on the street as well," says Albert Townsend with People for Fairness Coalition, one of the groups taking part in the event.

The rally will start at 9:30, and the march to the church will start at 10:30.

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