During the December City Commission meeting, Key West Mayor Teri Johnston and the City Commission proclaimed December 21st National Homeless Persons Memorial Day.
For the past 22 years, the community has gathered to remember those men, women, and children who have died homeless in Monroe County with this proclamation, joining the nation in setting aside the longest night of the year to memorialize those people who have died homeless.
On Friday, December, the Florida Keys Outreach Coalition, Monroe County Homeless Services Continuum-of-Care, and Monroe County Social Services will hold a ceremony in honor of those who have died. The ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. at the Key West Cemetery. According to FKOC Executive Director Jeanette McLernon, the remains of 11 individuals, including four infants and veterans, will be interred in the FKOC vault in the cemetery.
“The spirit of the holiday season of goodwill toward all provides an opportunity for the affirmation and renewal regarding our commitment to end homelessness,” reads the proclamation.
In the photo: Members of the Monroe County Continuum-of-Care accept the proclamation.