Greater Washington, DC
Greater Washington, DC
Welcome to Heeding God’s Call to End Gun Violence, Greater Washington Chapter
The Greater Washington chapter of HGC supports and works with multi-faith communities in the metropolitan area of Washington, DC, in Maryland, and in Northern Virginia to end gun violence. The GW chapter was formed in June, 2011. During the first three years of its existence, members and supporters of HGCGW demonstrated in front of a gun shop in order to effect more conscientious retail practices by the owner. The chapter has participated in educational and inspirational programs on the United Nations International Day of Peace each September 21, established a strong Memorial to the Lost program that has reached across the entire Metropolitan area, and supported like-minded organizations and places of worship in their programs, activities, and endeavors.
T-shirt Memorial to the Lost
To increase public awareness of the tragic toll exacted by gun violence, Heeding God’s Call to End Gun Violence Greater Washington installed its first Memorial to the Lost for victims of gun violence during the 2013 calendar year for Washington, DC, Northern Virginia, and portions of Maryland that are adjacent to DC. The Memorial displayed t-shirts for 176 lives lost in the Greater Washington area in 2013 at nine different sites in the area. Since then, the Memorial program has grown and expanded into all corners of the Metropolitan area.
For the 2014 version of the Memorial we installed 155 shirts in 14 different locations including on the Mall at the University of Maryland. Then after an uptick of gun violence in our area during 2015, we found ourselves installing the Memorial for those lost in 2015 with 202 t-shirts on stands! So many lives lost! So many lives effected! We pray that future years we will have smaller Memorials.
The Memorial has been an inspirational experience from installing the Memorial, to reading the names included in the Memorial, and to praying for those who are represented on the t-shirts of our Memorial to the Lost. We in Greater Washington have been able to watch as many folks STOPPED, READ THE NAMES, PRAYED, AND REMEMBERED. Perhaps one of the most touching experiences associated with the Memorial occurred at Shiloh Baptist Church. As we installed, we had people walking by stopping and offering to help hang the t-shirts. The next morning, a personally created shirt was left lovingly by the Memorial. This lovely shirt was for a victim of gun violence in DC in 1974. The pain lingers on.
If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Delity, email@example.com from Heeding God’s Call of Greater Washington. We are particularly interested in hearing from you if your place of worship is interested in hosting the Memorial to the Lost for two weeks.
Heeding God’s Call of Greater Washington may be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org .