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Hudson Healing Together: vigil date changed, May 15 in Lakefront Park beginning at 7 p.m.

The date of the Hudson Community Foundation’s vigil to remember those lost to heroin and other drugs has been changed to Thursday, May 15.

There have been more than a dozen Hudson area deaths including at least six Hudson High School graduates over the past several years.

The event, entitled Hudson Healing Together, will be held at the Lakefront Park bandshell beginning at 7 p.m. The program will include remarks from friends and family of some of those who have died, a prayer of remembrance by retired pastor Dr. Dan Bruch, and music by August Blues.

There will also be a candlelighting ceremony to remember all those whose lives have been lost. Many of the families who have lost loved ones have chosen to make their stories public and their names will be part of the event. But provisions are being made for those who wish to remain anonymous but still have their loved ones be part of the ceremony. For more information go to the Hudson Community Foundation website at

Blank quilt squares will be provided for anyone who wishes to be part of a community quilt in memory of those who have died, those who have survived addiction or to promote drug abuse education and prevention.

Area organizations that provide resources for drug education and prevention will also be on hand. In the event of inclement weather, the vigil will be held at First Baptist Church at the corner of Vine and Third streets.

The event is open to the public. Those attending should bring chairs or blankets for seating.

For more information contact Tricia Christianson of Christiansen Creative, president of the Hudson Community Foundation at or Meg Heaton, Hudson Star-Observer and foundation board member, at

Meg Heaton

Meg Heaton has been a reporter with the Hudson Star Observer since 1990. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and Native American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

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