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Beyond Thoughts and Prayers: The Official Program for East Brunswick #Never Again Vigil

A solemn vigil with a call to action will be held at the EBHS football field on Sunday evening at 6:30. Credits: TAPinto

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ -  A solemn vigil of remembrance will be held at the East Brunswick High School football field on Sunday, February 25th at 6:30 pm.  the program will feature blessings, speakers, and a call to action in response to the murders of 14 students and three teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.  The program has been organized, with the cooperation of township officials, by the newly-formed East Brunswick for Safe Schools, a grassroots group of local parents and students.  Dana Winston and Jennifer Harmon spearheaded the efforts of the group to provide a voice for those students and citizens in the township who wished to express their grief.

The vigil will be moderated by East Brunswick's Jeffrey Winston. He will call upon the audience to face the flag and recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

The East Brunswick Choir along with volunteer district chorus members will sing The Star Spangled Banner, directed by Kathy Spadafino.

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Rabbi Eric Eisenkramer of Temple B'nai Shalom and Reverend Erica Munoz of Aldersgate Methodist Church will conduct an invocation.

Mayor Brad Cohen will speak, followed by Superintendent Victor Valeski. 

Assemblywoman Nancy J. Pinkin (D-18) will then address the audience. 

Student activist and event organizer Jolie Harmon, a sophomore at East Brunswick High School, will ask those present to turn on candles and cell phones as students recite the names of Parkland victims.

She will then call for a moment of silence to remember all victims of all school shootings.

Sophomore Vanessa Russo will speak, followed by Justin Gregory, 11th grader. 

Singer Kathleen Elle will perform Eric Clapton's "Tears in Heaven."

East Brunswick political activist Jennifer Harmon will recite the poem "Seventeen" by Mary Pat King.

The program will conclude with a call to action by organizer Dana Winston.

*Should the weather report call for rain in the evening, the event will be moved inside to the EBHS auditorium.

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