On Wednesday, Feb. 9 the City of Buffalo is going to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the shooting and bombing at the Allina Crossroads Clinic with Buffalo Strong Day.
Event organizers said that Buffalo Strong Day “is our opportunity to reclaim February 9th and commit that we are not defined by the tragedy we shared, but by our response to it.”
Buffalo Strong Day invites the community to remember how Buffalo citizens came together and stood in solidarity with the victims of the tragedy and have committed to lift up one another with the motto, “Care, Connect and Continue.”
Events are scheduled at the Performing Arts Center at Buffalo High School. At 6 p.m. there will be vendor fair with refreshments. At 7 p.m. a program will take place with an introduction from Buffalo Mayor Teri Lachermeier and keynote speaker Clint Malarchuck, a former goaltender in the National Hockey League and a speaker who discusses his efforts to help end the stigma of mental illness. In 1989, Malarchuck nearly died on the ice when he was his throat was accidentally slashed by a skate. Following the program, there will be a book signing.
In conjunction with Buffalo Strong Day, Feb. 9 will also be Light It Purple – a reminding our care workers that their courage is not forgotten and remind the community that we are one.
For more information on Buffalo Strong, visit its website at www.buffalostrong.care.