MADISON (WKOW) — On the shortest day and longest night of the year, a group of people in Madison took time to think about others who have spent too many nights outside because they’re homeless.
In Madison, a group walked around the capitol square to recognize National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day. They honored 12 people who died while homeless. Organizers credited the response from Dane County and the City of Madison for housing families in hotels to keep them off the streets.
“I think without that the number of people we would have remembered tonight would have been significantly more. it’s still too many,” said Linda Ketcham, JustDane Executive Director.
The service includes a horse-drawn carriage that pulled an empty coffin which represented those who have died while homeless.