Ana Powell, then a member of the staff at St. Martin's Hospitality Center wrote a beautiful account about the Homeless Persons Memorial Vigil in 2009. The piece was originally posted in Portugese in her blog Coluna da Milk, We carried translated excerpts in the Bread New Mexico blog. While the specifics vary from year to year, the intentions to honor those unhoused individuals who died because of a lack of permanent shelter have not changed.
As has been the case every year, the vigil begins with a procession starting at Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless, 1217 1st St. NW (map) at 12:30 p.m. this year. Several downtown churches have been the destination in the past, including First United Methodist Church, The Episcopal Cathedral of St. John and Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Each of those churches has hosted a memorial service. This year, the service will be held at The Rock of Noon Day, 200 2nd St. NW (map) at 2:00 p.m. Here is the official flyer.