CRANFORD, NJ – The Township of Cranford held a vigil to honor the victims of the massacre at Pulse nightclub and of the former contestant of The Voice, which occurred within days of each other in Orlando.

With the sun setting on a beautiful evening Deputy Mayor Mary O’Connor, members of the Cranford Clergy Council, members of the organization Moms Demand Action, Union County Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski, as well as members of the community gathered on the front lawn of the municipal building to pay tribute.

In her opening comments, Deputy Mayor Mary O’Connor said, “We come together to honor those lost and we need to be one voice that speaks for all of those people who no longer have a voice.”

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Monsignor Timothy Shugrue of St. Michael’s Church delivered the invocation and brought the greetings of the Cranford Clergy Council, “We ask God to touch this time of grief and sadness with your comfort and peace, ease the burden of sorrow and strengthen the community of Orlando.”

Jennifer Gilman of Moms Demand Action spoke to the universal emotions as a result of the tragedy: feelings of devastation, sadness, anger, fear and frustration.  Gilman urged people to get involved and become part of the conversation, “Don’t let the pain go to numbness like it often does, speak up, get involved and become part of the solution.”

Gilman suggest one way to get involved is by texting the word Orlando to 64433 for information on joining Moms Demand Action. A non-profit grass roots organization committed to common sense gun legislation whose number one priority is keeping guns from getting into the wrong hands.

The most poignant part of the program came when the names of the victims were read one-by-one from those in attendance.

Union County Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski brought along the support of the freeholders, “We need to pass the laws that makes this kind of thing stop. We certainly need to make progress and we will move forward I am confident of that.”

In closing O’Connor said, “The ages of the people make this an incredible tragedy, this is losing a generation and that is something we really need to think about.”

“May the Lord look upon all of us, those who mourn all those who grieve and our entire world with peace,” Calvary Lutheran Pastor Carol Lindsay said in her concluding prayer.