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    Vigil for Japan to be Held on Campus

    Mar 22, 2011

    A vigil to honor those who lost their lives in Japan during the recent earthquake and tsunami will be held at 7 p.m. Friday evening at the DeRosa University Center Reflection Pool. The vigil is being hosted by the Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month (APIHM) committee, Matsuri Japan Club, Multicultural Affairs, and the Division of Student Life.

     "Our purpose is to provide support and unification for the API community at Pacific while also creating distinctions between each sub-community under the umbrella term of API," said APIHM co-chair Daniel Lu. "By having our opening ceremony as a vigil, we hope to bring the Stockton community together to remember not just the recent tragedy but also the ones before."

    The vigil will begin with one of Pacific's own Japanese international student who will share her own experiences with dealing with the earthquake and tsunami. She will be followed by a keynote speaker who will lead us into our moment of silence. The ceremony will end with an interfaith speaker who will discuss the need for unity and the purpose of Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month. During the event, candles will be lit and origami boats will be set in the reflection pool.

    The event is open to the community.