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Program Announced for Thursday's Candlelight Vigil for School Shooting Victims

Christmas lights will go dark on Village Green in honor of Newtown, CT shooting victims. Mayor asks residents to turn off Christmas lights at 7 p.m. Thursday. Cards also being collected to send to Newtown residents in show of community support.

The happens Thursday, Dec.27, on the Oak Lawn Village Green at Cook and Dumke.

Residents are asked to begin arriving at 6:45 p.m. At approximately 7 p.m., the Christmas lights will go dark on the Village Green.

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Oak Lawn residents are also asked to shut off their outdoor Christmas lights in conjunction with the community vigil until 7:26 p.m. -- one minute for each of the Sandy Hook School shooting victims.

The program features recorded music, prayer and candles. The mayor is looking for children to volunteer to read aloud a Sandy Hook student or teacher's name during the vigil.

Adults and children may also leave letters and cards of support that will be mailed collectively to the residents of Newtown, CT, in a show of community support.

Candles will be provided, but residents are welcome to bring their own. Following is the complete program for Thursday's ceremony, provided by Mayor Dave Heilmann. A pdf of the program is also available for downloading and printing.

6:45 p.m. - The Prayer; I'm Your Angel; Tears in Heaven;

7 p.m. - Welcome and Lights Off -  Mayor Dave Heilmann

Lighting of Candles - We Are The World

Oak Lawn Children - Reading of Names of the deceased to instrumental music.

Prayer -  Father Gene Smith, St. Linus Church and Oak Lawn Police chaplain. 

'Twas the Night Before Christmas - Newton, Conn. revised version.

Music - In The Arms of An Angel

Lighting of Sky Lanterns - Somewhere Over The Rainbow, To Where You Are

Christmas Lights Turned Back On

Conclusion of Vigil

Lorraine Swanson December 27, 2012 at 04:56 AM
I'm going to ask readers to refrain from commenting on village government or the upcoming election on this post. Thanks.
Lorraine Swanson December 27, 2012 at 05:48 AM
No allegiance, I'm just not going to allow 20 first-graders and six teachers shot to death in a school be exploited for political purposes by a bunch of goofs in Oak Lawn. I don't care who the goofs are.
Mom of 4 December 27, 2012 at 03:11 PM
I will be there and my two children would be honored to read off names
rick December 28, 2012 at 02:39 AM
Very moving ceremony, thank you Mayor
TJ December 28, 2012 at 03:04 AM
Ceremony was very moving....we live in a wonderful village with great people who care

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