Thousands of candles will flicker Sunday evening, shedding light on the problems of the world's children.
A candlelight vigil at the State Capitol from 5:30 to 8 p.m. will be one of more than 2,600 throughout the world to introduce the World Summit for Children Sept. 29 and 30 at the United Nations. Many countries will send delegates to the conference.A smaller vigil will be held at the same time in the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 8575 S. 700 East, Sandy.
About 3,000 candles will be available at the Capitol, or participants may bring their own.
Speakers will include Gov. Norm Bangerter; Rep. Wayne Owens, D-Utah; Bishop William Weigand of the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City; Elder LeGrand R. Curtis of the Second Quorum of Seventy, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints; the Rev. Tom English, of Christ United Methodist Church; Roz McGee, executive director, Utah Children; Dr. Richard Siegler, past president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Utah Chapter; Mike Brown, Utah Jazz player; Stanford Pugsley, Highland High School senior; and Dr. Brett Lazar, State Department of Health.
The climax of the program will be singing of "In Our Hands," a song written for the vigils worldwide. It will be performed by a group of Highland High students.
Vigils will be held in 83 nations and at 602 sites in the United States.
Although the vigils will demonstrate problems of hunger and disease in poor nations, the plight of Utah's underserved children also will be highlighted. Among the 700,000 Utah children, 160,000 do not receive adequate medical care; 100,000 children and mothers are eligible for federal food supplements, and 80,000 children live in poverty.