Pictorial of 2017 Hampton Roads Morning of Hope

Hampton Roads Own Community Outreach
for anyone touched by Depression or Suicide

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As a way of celebrating and remembering the 2017 Hampton Roads Morning of Hope, we have put together this collection of pictures. If you attended on September 9th, we hope that seeing them may rekindle how this community outreach may have touched you. We hope it was a Morning of Awareness, Remembrance & Celebration for you.

Please enjoy them. And, with 79 photos, there's a good chance that you may even see yourself!

Special thanks to our gifted and generous photographer Vicki Cranis-Nohe for making the pictorial possible.

Hampton Roads civilian and military communities came together with the mission of promoting good mental health and of reventing suicide.

Tom Schaad, WAVY-TV 10 news anchor, was the emcee for the morning and its program

With its lake and mountain, Virginia Beach's Mt. Trashmore was a beautiful location for this community outreach.

The Hampton Roads Morning of Hope is supported by exceptional sponsors.

The morning began with the rising sun shining through the curtain of 1,000 cranes

The crane has been chosen to represent our Morning of Hope as it has become an international symbol of healing, peace & hope. In ancient Japan, people believed the crane lived for a thousand years. Legend has it that if you fold 1,000 cranes, your prayers will be answered.

We have made 1,000 which will be strung together to mark the starting point for walking through the park. The prayer that we have folded into each crane is for healing, peace and hope not only for those who presently suffer from depression but also for those who have died from suicide.

There is a lot of civic support for this Hampton Roads cause. Virginia Beach’s Police Department, Fire Station, and Sheriff’s office participated.
The Virginia Beach Fire Department’s Station 16 put up an American flag to fly over his event.
Chesapeake Police Department supported Hampton Roads Morning of Hope with their Negotiation Team, led by Officer Mike Noah, and their Command equipment.
The radio team of The Eagle 97.3 welcomed people as they arrived.
There were over 400 volunteers working together to provide this outreach for our civilian and military communities. TowneBank had 43 volunteers helping with registration and donations.
The Hampton Roads Morning of Hope is for anyone who has been touched by depression or suicide. You would wear a silver ribbon if you have been affected or are interested in depression. If you lost a loved one to suicide you can remember them by wearing a colored ribbon as a armband: red, if you lost your father or mother; green if it were your brother or sister; yellow if extended family (i.e., uncle, grandfather); blue if it were your husband or wife and you’d wear purple if you lost your son or daughter to suicide.

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