Families honor loved ones with annual holiday memorial

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Honor a loved one this holiday season with a local nonprofit’s ceremonial tree lighting.

Sunday night marks the 36th Annual Holiday Memorial Service and Tree Lighting with Visiting Nurse care.

Held at the University of St. Francis’ Performing Arts Center, families had a chance to purchase a symbolic light added to the tree during a memorial service. Their hope is that the event will bring wonderful memories of the past, and hope and love for the future.

“This event annually is just a wonderful way of being able to come back together with friends and family to remember those that you may have lost within this last year, or you may have lost 10 or 15 years ago, to just come back especially as were nearing the holidays to take a moment and just reflect,” said Mary Shankster, Chief Development Office for Visiting Nurse Care.

The purchase of a light helps support the hospice and palliative care services and grief support at Visiting Nurse, the organization explained on Facebook.

This year’s event features performances by the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir and guest speakers.

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