Interfaith vigils across US for gurdwara victims

August 9th, 2012 - 8:35 pm ICT by IANS  

Oak Creek (Wisconsin), Aug 9 (IANS) In a clear message of solidarity, Americans of all backgrounds and faith held candlelight vigils from coast to coast to mourn the victims of the gurdwara rampage here.

The Sikh Coalition estimated that more than 30 vigils were held across the US Wednesday evening as community groups pushed for action to ensure that no group suffers a similar fate.

More such vigils were planned in the coming days, the coalition said, expressing hope that these “will hasten our collective journey to stamp out hate and intolerance in our nation”.

One gathering was held near the White House. Many of the estimated 200 people wore ribbons coloured orange and blue to symbolize the identity of the Sikh community.

Many wrote notes on a sign that had the names of the victims and also read “United Against Hate”. These will be sent to the Wisconsin gurdwara.

New Yorkers gathered in the Union Square. Vigils were also held in Bay Area, Las Vegas, Beth-El, Poway, California, St. Peters, San Jose, Spokane Valley, Washington and Vancouver in Canada.

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