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04 June 2020


On June 7, 2020, The men and women of The Salvation Army in the Empire State Division added our voices to the many who have been feeling despair, anger, and confusion following the death of George Floyd.  His death, and the circumstances surrounding it, are unacceptable and reflect the evils of racism.  The Salvation Army believes that “racism is fundamentally incompatible with the Christian conviction that all people are made in the image of God and are equal in value.”   

The Prayer Vigil was hosted by Major John Stewart of The Salvation Army Syracuse Citadel and Major Steve Carroll of The Salvation Army of Niagara Falls.  

Special Guests 

  • Commissioners William A. & G. Lorraine Bamford, Territorial Leaders of The USA Eastern Territory
  • Commissioner Israel L. Gaither, Former International Chief of the Staff and USA National Commander
  • Marty Scott, Senior Soldier
  • Pastor Richard Ishmael, Pastor of Church City in Queens, NY
  • Ezra Scott, Salvation Army Advisory Board member & former Niagara Falls City Councilor 
  • Brittany Parks, Worship Leader
  • Salvation Army officers and clergy from around the state

You can view the prayer vigil in it's entirety below

View The Salvation Army Statement on the Death of George Floyd and the Ongoing Protests Across the United States