ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y. -- Rockland County Executive Ed Day has announced that the county will hold a candlelight vigil in memory of those killed in the Orlando nightclub massacre.
The vigil will be held on Wednesday at 5 p.m on the lawn of the Rockland County Courthouse, 1 S. Main St. in New City.
The event, which is being organized by Rockland Commissioner of Human Rights Penny Jennings, will include members of Rockland's faith communities, as well as representatives of LGBT groups.
All flags on county property will be set at half mast through Wednesday out of respect for the victims.
"We will not let extremists take away the freedoms that we enjoy as Americans," said Day. "An attack on one part of our community is an attack on us all."
Day noted that the Florida attack took place on the same day that the annual Rockland Gay Pride event was held in Nyack.
"Here in Rockland, we celebrate the diversity that makes our community stronger," he said.
Day added that the Florida shootings are a reminder of the threat extremists pose to our way of life.
"Let us never forget those serving to protect us, whether they're our armed forces deployed overseas, or our law enforcement officers protecting our homeland," he said.
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