A sea of candles
washed over the pavement
as we turned one by one
to our brothers and sisters
to spread the warmth;
A sea of love.
And in our moment of silence,
the only presence was Light.
A memorial service/candlelight vigil was held at the Sikh Association of Staten Island on Wednesday, August 8th, 2012 for the victims of the mass shooting at the Oak Creek Gurdwara.
About 125 people, including individuals from various faiths, came down to show their support.
Among those in attendance and/or speaking were: Rep. Michael Grimm (R-Staten Island/Brooklyn); democratic congressional candidate Mark Murphy; Tahir Kukiqi, the Albanian Islamic Cultural Center; Gonzalo Mercado, Staten Island Immigrants Council, NYPD Community Affairs Detective Santana Rivera, and Hesham El-Meligy, Islamic Civic Association of Staten Island.
Photos from the event by Jasleen Ahuja: