PHOTOS: Woburn Unites for Moving Ceremony
Local clergy and Social Capital of Woburn bring the community together for a candlelight vigil.
On the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 and five days after the shooting of Woburn Police Officer Robert DeNapoli, the city of Woburn united for a candlelight vigil on the common.
"I think it's great to see the community of Woburn come together," said Woburn Police Chief Richard Kelley. "But it doesn't surprise me... I'm proud to be a citizen of this city and proud to be the chief of police in Woburn."
The event came out of discussions between Pastor Keith Anderson of the Lutheran Church and David Crowley of Social Capital, Inc. of Woburn after Tuesday's shooting at Four Corners. Anderson and the clergy in Woburn, along with Crowley's organization, wanted to bring the community together to reflect on the Sept. 11 anniversary, but also, show support for the Woburn Police Department.
"All the members of the Police Department appreciate the support tonight," said Chief Kelley.
Mayor Scott Galvin said he was moved by the show of support by the community.
"We are a strong community," he said. "Bad things happen, but we bounce back. We're fighters."
State Rep. Jim Dwyer added, "This is what Woburn is all about. We are so resilient. We come together all the time."
The vigil was widely attended by residents, as well as television news crews. Many families were present, as was Desiree Maguire, the widow of Woburn Police Officer Jack Maguire, who was killed responding to an armed robbery in December.
"This is a wonderful event," said Alderman Rich Haggerty. "It's a good time to take a deep breath and reflect on events."