Today, in conjunction with the National Organization of Parents Of Murdered Children, Inc. (POMC), and surviving family members of homicides, gatherings will be hosted across the country in honor of ‘National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims’.
The official anniversary is September 25th. The day was established as a ‘National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims’ as a result of unanimously passed resolutions by the U.S. Senate on October 16, 2007 (S. Res. 326), and the U.S. House of Representatives on May 14, 2007 (H.Res 223).*
Yesterday, POMC chapters across the United States gathered to honor murdered loved ones. Today’s memorials will be an extension – and continuation – of the September 25th anniversary.
One of those events will take place at the reflection pond of City Hall, 901 Bagby, in Houston, Texas, to honor those lost from the greater Houston area and all of Harris County. The event begins at 6:00 p.m., and families are encouraged to bring a photo of their loved one(s).
We host the annual event at Houston City Hall, where all community members may come together to honor those who lost their lives to violence, said Andy Kahan, Victims Advocate for the City of Houston. “We let them (the families) know their loved ones have been remembered. Families, relatives, and friends come together with their brethren — people who understand and know what they are going through — whether it’s been decades or whether it’s fresh”.
Jo Ann Davis Lowitzer is the mother of missing Alexandria “Ali” Lowitzer, who disappeared from Spring, Texas, in April 2010. Lowitzer said the event gives her the chance to connect with other families who know what she is going through, and who understand her pain:
As a mother, the loss of a child is my worst nightmare. My daughter, Alexandria Lowitzer, got off the school bus on April 26, 2010, and was never seen again. She simply vanished, and someone just took her away. I fear my daughter is no longer alive. I knew in my heart the day she went missing something was terribly wrong. I know she would contact us if she had the ability to. It’s hard to talk about Ali in the past tense. I struggle with it every day. There is a hole in my heart that will never be replaced. Even the happiest of days aren’t as bright as they should be. This day for me means that I can connect with other families that have been through the same emotions that I feel every day. It’s kind of an unspoken rule that you don’t even have to say anything to each other. Instead, a hug, a tear, and sometimes an understanding smile are exchanged. I get hugs and tears quite often from strangers with a comment of ‘I don’t know what to say’. My reply is always ‘it’s ok, you don’t have to say anything’.”
Families of murdered loved ones will be given a chance to speak from the podium, to say a few words, and express their feelings. A reading of the names and ages will also take place for every murder victim from August 31, 2104, through September 1, 2015.
For more information regarding the event, please call Andy Kahan at (832) 274-8379. For more information about the National Organization of Parents Of Murdered Children, Inc. (POMC), you may visit their website here.
*Legislative source: Parents of Murdered Children (POMC) website.