Islanders gather to share sorrow
June 25, 2008 · Updated 2:15 PM
"Jeanne Lanigan, a Langley poet, reads her poem Victory Over Violence during a candlelight memorial vigil Friday in Langley Park.Joan Soltys, staff photoAt least 100 people from South Whidbey carried lighted candles to Langley Park on Friday, in a gathering of remembrance and mourning that linked them to others all over the nation and the world. Proposed by Peggy Kimbell of Clinton, the event drew islanders through the contemporary community grapevine: the Internet. I sent a message to some people, and they sent it to others, Kimbell said, who felt it would be a meeting where citizens of all beliefs can share thismournful episode in the family and community to make it bearable.Friday had been designated a national day of mourning and remembrance following the terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, D.C and Pennsylvania.Synchronizing this event with the national day of mourning exactly matched our intention - community support, togetherness, and solidarity, Kimbell said. It also ties into a movement in which people are lighting candles and stepping outside at the same time all over the country.Those who came to the park on Friday sang songs of patriotism and of peace, and South Whidbey poet Jeanne Lanigan read an original poem, Victory Over Violence, which she had written during this time of national tragedy. Others spoke of loved ones or friends who were missing in the aftermath of the disaster, and encouraged donations to relief agencies helping not only the victims and their families but the workers who are continuing to sift through the rubble at the crash sites. "