ROSELLE PARK, NJ - Local students and adults came out on Monday evening to the Roselle Park Veterans Memorial Library to watch the screening of “Stonewall Uprising” a documentary film about the Stonewall riots and the beginning of the LGBT rights movement that followed with an audience discussion.
In response to the recent tragic event that took place at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, the event continued onto the library lawn with a candlelight vigil.
Roselle Park Mayor Carl Hokanson and Roselle Mayor Christine Dansereau each spoke showing their support during the discussion and the candlelight vigil.
“I’m glad that we can come together here as a community, as people to show our solidarity,” said Mayor Hokanson, “I think the biggest thing is that its not going to get us down.”
“This is a tragedy that is going to be unending for the 50 plus people who have been killed and those still trying to recover for their families and their community and for all of us,” said Mayor Dansereau.
Roselle Park Councilwoman Charlene Storey, who heads the towns diversity committee attended the event along with approximately 50 residents in a show of support.
Students held a rainbow flag and with candles lit, Roselle Park Councilman Thomas (Thos) Shipley read the name and age of each person killed in the shooting while former Roselle Park Mayor Joseph DeIorio handed out American Flags to each person who stepped up in honor of the victims. DeIorio is also the current Executive Director for Roselle Park 24/7.
The group led by Shipley sang the “U.S. National Anthem” and “Let There Be Peace” followed by the placing of american flags and one rainbow flag that is a symbol to the LGBT community, into the libraries flowerbed for display.
“I just want to make today a memory that regardless whether we are LGBT, we’re Americans and we will not stand for any acts of terror,” said DeIorio as he addressed the group.
The event was sponsored by the Roselle Park Veterans Memorial Library and Roselle Park 24/7’s Listen, Speak and Learn initiative. The organization also donated the movie to the library.
Editors Note: Roselle Park 24/7 is part of Roselle 24/7 a 501 (c) 3 non profit organization owned by TAPinto Roselle/Roselle Park Publisher Kathy Lloyd.