Roland Oakes, second from left, who is homeless and living at New Britain's Friendship Service Center, holds his candle aloft while singing 'Silent Night' at the end of a memorial service for homeless people Wednesday in New Britain. He and others, including Kwasi Asomaning, case manager at the Friendship Service Center, left, participated in the National Homeless Persons' Memorial Service and Candlelight Vigil held in the Erwin Chapel of South Congregational Church in New Britain. Held on the eve of the winter solstice, the first day of winter and the longest night of the year, the service was a remembrance for homeless individuals who have died in New Britain in the past year. As part of the service, their eight names were spoken aloud by the Rev. B. Suzy Rivera, outreach programs director for Friendship Service Center, the Rev. George Harris, lead pastor for South Congregational-First Baptist Church, and Major Stanley Newton of the Salvation Army.
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