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Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 08/07/2012

Sikh temple shooting: Local memorial services scheduled

Memorial services are taking place throughout the Washington region to honor the victims of the Sikh temple shooting Sunday in Wisconsin, which left at least six people dead.

Below are some of the gatherings taking place in the District, Maryland and Virginia this week.

— “In remembrance and prayer for the victims of the shootings and their families,” the Guru Gobind Singh Foundation will hold a candlelight vigil and prayer Wednesday night at 13814 Travilah Road in Rockville. Prayer service will be held from 7 to 8 p.m., followed by the candlelight vigil at 8. Attendees are asked to wear white in support of the victims.

A United Against Hate candlelight vigil is scheduled to take place in the nation’s capital Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Lafayette Park, across from the White House. The public is invited to remember, reflect and take a “stand against religious intolerane and insanity.”

— Guru Nanak Foundation of America will host two candlelight vigils and memorials for peace Wednesday and Friday at the Gurdwara Sahib grounds. Both vigils will take place at 8 p.m. at 12917 Old Columbia Pike in Silver Spring. Atttendees are asked to wear white.

— The Sikh Foundation of Virginia will hold a candlelight vigil on Thursday at 8:35 p.m. “to express deep collective sadness in view of the mass killings,” the foundation wrote on its site. The gathering, which will be held at 7250 Ox Road  in Fairfax Station, around the Nishaan Sahib -- a Sikh holy flag. Participants will light candles and observe a minute of silence.

For those interested in holding their own vigils in honor of the victims, The Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund has a guide with a list of suggestions

If you have a local gathering not listed here, let us know by tweeting us @PostLocal.

By Malu Banuelos  |  12:02 PM ET, 08/07/2012

 
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