Bulls Host “Vigil of Hope” At Ballpark

Bulls Host “Vigil of Hope” At Ballpark

WRAL-TV and FOX 50 partnered with the City of Durham and Radio One for a “Vigil of Hope” as part of the National Day of Prayer & Remembrance on Friday, September 14th. Citizens from around the Triangle gathered at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park for the candlelight prayer event at 7:00pm. Nearly 5,000 people filled the ballpark to remember the victim’s of Tuesday’s terrorist attack.

Lasting almost 2 hours, the event featured performers such as the Bethel Family Worship Center and Pastor Shirley Caesar. “God has brought us together, and this is what the Lord has wanted from us all along,” Caesar said. “Now we must stay unified. Not just during this tragedy but beyond today. We must remain unified.”

A few of the speakers included Durham Mayor Nick Tennyson and Mayor Pro

A crowd of almost 5,000 gathered at the Durham Ballpark to remember the victims of the worst terrorist attack in history.
photo courtesy of The Durham Herald

Tem Howard Clement. NC Senator John Edwards led the crowd in the “Pledge of Allegiance” and spoke as well. “I thought it was important to be home with the people of my state today and tomorrow,” said Sen. Edwards. “It is important for us to have a place to gather and come together as people of America and a family.

Durham firefighters attended the ceremony and received a standing ovation. The Durham Police Department fired a salute to close the event.

The “Relief for America” campaign continued at the gate of the ballpark. WRAL-TV, MIX 101.5, FOX 50 and the Durham Bulls raised another $7,450 as the crowd entered, bringing the first two days of their fundraiser to over $500,000.

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