Peace vigil rebukes messages of hate at the Garden of Remembrance

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A vigil was held Thursday in response to messages of hate found in White Plains on the eve of Yom Kippur.

Dozens of people gathered at the Garden of Remembrance, where graffiti and a hate poster were found.

County leaders, clergy and citizens participated in a service in hopes of spreading a message of unity, peace and love.

"To see people wearing kippot, head coverings and to see colors standing together, so we are saying that we are one," says Rabbi Daniel Gropper, Community Synagogue of Rye.

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According to the Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center, which oversees the garden, the graffiti and poster were found in a spot meant to honor the memories of the millions of men, women and children killed in the Holocaust. It also pays tribute to the brave people of all faiths who risked their lives to save others.

Investigators say the hate crime happened Monday, on the eve of Yom Kippur, which is the holiest day of the year in Judaism. They say they are actively seeking the perpetrators.

 

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