West Studying hosts vigil in solidarity with Ukraine

WEST READING, Pa. | Candles are lit alongside a stretch of sidewalk in West Studying, as people who see commonality amid battle have a lot on their minds above the glow of flickering fireplace.

“I really feel like we’re not all that totally different,” famous Marina Gehman, of Wyomising.

“Lots of what is going on by means of my thoughts is that my son is out at boot camp proper now within the Navy,” stated Ken Minton from Wyomissing.

“I consider in Ukraine, there are such a lot of small cities that thrive on group. Very near how West Studying is,” stated Marina.

From the far off sounds of ongoing warfare, to silence on a sidewalk, a few of these in West Studying notice how shortly issues can change into compromised.

“There’s numerous freedoms that we’ve right here and simply to contemplate what the Ukrainian individuals are going by means of, what we may do to help them,” stated Ken.

For Peter Chu, the enterprise proprietor behind the candlelight vigil, he says its the present photos popping out of Ukraine that spurred one thing from his previous.

“The Vietnamese warfare they launched me to Malaysia. The identical state of affairs with Ukraine occurring now,” stated Peter, proprietor of Charming Nails.

Peter has come a good distance from standing exterior his nail salon, candle in hand a solemn present of solidarity, having spent two years in a refugee camp earlier than coming to the US.

“Now, I’ve to do one thing for the those who have the identical state of affairs,” he stated. “My coronary heart hurts, and I need to do one thing for the humanity. That is why I do it.”

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He says its additionally comforting to know that he is not alone on this silent present of help, standing alongside his neighbors.

“I believed it will be from one small city with households and shut knit group to a different that we may present our help to them,” stated Marina.