Silent Candlelight Vigil Sends Message of Hope and Change

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Walking in the Candlelight Vigil in Thunder Bay thousands came to share their determination that our city be a safer place.
Walking in the Candlelight Vigil in Thunder Bay thousands came to share their determination that our city be a safer place.

Walking in the Candlelight Vigil in Thunder Bay thousands came to share their determination that our city be a safer place.
Walking in the Candlelight Vigil in Thunder Bay thousands came to share their determination that our city be a safer place.

Massive Outpouring of Hope in Thunder Bay

THUNDER BAY – The show of support for a safer Thunder Bay was out in force tonight. A Silent Vigil Walk to remember and honour those who have died was held starting from Dease Park and finishing at Thunder Bay City Hall. An estimated 2500 people, from all walks of live walked in silent contemplation.

Hope and Change

Strong messages in the silence of the walkers.
Strong messages in the silence of the walkers.

It took a full sixteen minutes for all the walkers to make their way along May Street, as the crowd swelled massively exceeding the expectations of organizers of the memorial that came together in only three days. Easily two to three thousand people were at City Hall.

As you watch the video and see people, as one walker said, “As far as the eye could see”, it sends a strong message that our city is determined to do better.

The walkers were joined by a large number of motorcyclists who had been to the Donald Street location where a memorial has been set up.

Silence Said More Than Words

The walkers arrived at City Hall for a short ceremony and for some quiet reflection.

Citizens from the Chief of Police, Firefighters, EMS, Councillors, and young and old all shared their time tonight to remember.

Let us, as residents of Thunder Bay hope that the message of tonight will bring positive change.

Thunder Bay has lost a young eight-year-old angel with the tragic passing of Brandi Wingert. It is time for us to mourn, and to reflect and then to act.

The haunting sound of the Anishinabek Hand Drums and songs of the women echoed across City Hall and downtown Fort William