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MADISON -- The Wisconsin Department of Justice - Office of Crime Victim Services (DOJ - OCVS) will host a ceremony tomorrow as part of the State's first formally recognized Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims. The ceremony will begin at Noon on September 25th at the State Capitol Building, First Floor Rotunda. The event is co-hosted by the Parents of Murdered Children, Central Wisconsin Chapter who will display Memory Boards of those who have been murdered in Wisconsin. Scheduled speakers include Janice L. Cummings, Director of DOJ - OCVS; Raymond P. Taffora, Wisconsin's Deputy Attorney General; and Bill Swanson, Chapter Leader of the Central Wisconsin Chapter of Parents of Murdered Children. The ceremony is open to the public.
In addition to tomorrow's Capitol ceremony, Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle and Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen will issue a proclamation formally recognizing September 25, 2007 as a "Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims."
The Day of Remembrance honors the memories of murder victims around the state and recognizes the impact of homicide on the surviving family, friends and loved ones.
Nationwide there are approximately 16,500 homicides reported each year. In 2006 and 2005 there were 166 and 207 homicides reported respectively in Wisconsin.
General information on programs and services for state crime victims and survivors will be made available at tomorrow's State Capitol event.
Tomorrow also marks the first formal national observance of the National Day of Remembrance. A ceremony will be held at the U.S. Senate Russell Building in Washington, D.C., and the day will include the first-ever showing of the Murder Wall on Capitol Hill. Earlier this year, the United States of Representatives passed a formal resolution recognizing September 25, 2007 as the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims.