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Suicide awareness float in Rivertown Days parade

Those who joined the suicide awareness float in last year’s Rivertown Days parade are pictured here. The float will return to the parade this year. Submitted photo

This summer, Hastings is filled with opportunities to publicly remember and celebrate the lives of lost loved ones. Suicide awareness has become a priority for many organizations, and this year the Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE) will be sponsoring a suicide awareness float in the Rivertown Days Parade on Sunday, July 20.

All are welcome to support the families of those who have lost loved ones, and also to walk in memory of those they have lost. Participants are encouraged to wear shirts representing their loved one or to create posters in memory of loved ones while walking in support of the cause. Dogs and strollers are welcomed in the parade as well.

Another option for raising suicide awareness this summer is the third annual Hastings Heart Suicide Awareness Walk, also sponsored by SAVE. The mission of SAVE is “to prevent suicide through public awareness and education, reduce stigma and serve as a resource to those touched by suicide.”

The walk/run will be held on Sunday, Sept. 7, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to honor those lost in the community and to raise suicide awareness and education in Hastings. Those who donate a total of $15 will be given a Walk T-shirt and are welcome to snacks and beverages provided. The walk will take place at the American Legion Post 47, located at 50 Sibley St. along the Mississippi River.

For more information regarding walking in the Rivertown Days parade, volunteering with the float or participating in the suicide awareness walk, email Alyssa Stadtler at or call SAVE at 952-946-7998.

Lydia Birt
Lydia Birt is the Hastings Star Gazette's summer intern. She is a 2014 graduate of Hastings High School and plans to study journalism at the University of Missouri this fall. She is part of the Pohlad internship program through the Minnesota Newspaper Association.
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