March and memorial service planned for Minnesotans who have died homeless

Advocates for the homeless in Minnesota will hold a march and memorial service on Dec. 18 for those who have died homeless.

Last year, the event honored more than 130 people who died under those circumstances. Organizers say the service provides dignity for those who have died without a memorial.

This year’s 30th annual event starts at 5 p.m. at the Hennepin County Government Center, at Third Avenue S. and Fifth Street S., in downtown Minneapolis.

A silent march will proceed from there to Simpson United Methodist Church, at 2740 First Av. S., where a 6:30 p.m. service will be held.

Guest speaker will be Mikkel Beckman, director of the Office to End Homelessness for Minneapolis and Hennepin County.

A community meal will follow at 7:30 p.m., in the Simpson Shelter.

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