NOB HILL--Bike touring partner Mike Moye attended yesterday's memorial for the homeless dead. Here is his email report and cellphone picture.
The ceremony, remembering those who have died on the streets, began about
1:30 yesterday next to the tiled wall behind AHCH. People started gathering
as early as 1:00 and obviously personally knew someone who had fallen to the
disease of homelessness. Some were sorrowful and some were relieved that
their loved one did not have to suffer another cold winter season. It can
be a mixed blessing. Barbara Pepper and I watched and remembered as we were
greeted by old friends.
The remembrance began by a group of native Americans from south of the
border who performed a ritual of blessing. They were unannounced and
danced their blessing of the wall, of us, and of the world. I pray it
worked. Marcella, AHCH board member and volunteer, spoke briefly and all of
us were invited for the procession to downtown. I hope the pictures are