The city of Dover will show its support for Ukraine with a candlelight vigil on Friday night.

Mayor Robert Carrier will lead the vigil at 6 p.m. on the steps of City Hall in hopes of a quick resolution to the attack on Ukraine by Russia.

"Our hearts go out to Ukraine and the Ukrainian people," Carrier said in a statement. "What's happening there is not anything that should ever, ever occur, and we need to help these people in any way we can. Please bless them."

The mayor asked those coming to the vigil to bring candles.

Flags Across NH at Dover City Hall
Flags Across NH at Dover City Hall (Shawn St.Hilaire )

One person planning on attending is Matt Mayberry, Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year and Executive Director of the New Hampshire Home Builders Association. He organized Flags Across New Hampshire last September, which showed support for members of the U.S. military who served in Afghanistan.

Mayberry has concerns about not only Ukraine but also Poland, where over a half million Ukrainians have sought refuge.

"I don't know if they have the infrastructure to handle all those folks. Do they have enough tents and blankets and cots and heaters?," Mayberry said. "Should we drop in a million doses of COVID-19 vaccine? You want to talk about a super spreader event."

The City of Portsmouth lit the Memorial Bridge between Portsmouth and Kittery in the Ukranian flag colors of blue and yellow this past weekend.

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNH

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