Rockland: 9th Annual Vigil of Hope and Remembrance Hosted by Rockland CARES

At Rockland High School, about 150 people attended the 9th Annual Vigil of Hope and Remembrance.

Rockland CARES hosted the vigil for people who have battled substance use and addiction, and those who are still fighting today.

“No matter where you are in this big picture, we want everyone to know that we are here for them,” said Stacy Gardner, the President of the Executive Board for Rockland CARES.

Tables were set up with resources for those impacted by substance use and addiction.

“Everybody who is taken from this disease, everyone who struggles with it, everyone who is affected – they have a story to tell,” said Executive Board member Lindsey Woods. “We really have to end the stigma. That’s not what they’re defined by. Ending the stigma is our goal here tonight.

A memorial video played with pictures of each person lost since 2013. The video contains more than 300 individuals.

“We want people who’ve lost someone to know that their person is not forgotten, that we still think of them, and that’s what drives this work,” said Gardner. “We want people to know who are sober now and may face struggles in their recovery, that they are not alone and we are here for them. We want people in the community who have a loved one that struggling know that we are here for them.”

More information can be found at RocklandCares.org.

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Lenny Rowe is one of the newest additions to the WATD News team. Lenny has won two Edward R. Murrow awards for breaking news coverage, and a Mass. Broadcasters Award in the sports feature category. He grew up in Pembroke and was an intern at WATD in 2012. A 2016 graduate from Suffolk University, Lenny now lives in Rockland. Outside of WATD, Lenny covers high school sports for The Boston Globe. Lenny can be reached at Lenny.Rowe30@Gmail.com.