A Season To Remember - 11/20/13

  As I prepare to spend time with my family and close friends over Thanksgiving and Christmas, I am reminded about all the families for whom this is a heartbreaking time.  For the survivors of murder victims, these times of togetherness and reflection are another reminder of what they've lost.  As a news reporter, I have covered some of the stories surrounding those tragedies and have become acquainted with so many of those families.  I never pretend to understand the depth of their loss, only the depth of their love.  It's the same love I feel for my wife, children and my extended family.

  I'm thankful Tennessee has chosen to remember those families and honor the victims of homicide.  This year's statewide Season to Remember ceremony is set for Thursday, December 5th at First Baptist Chuch at 7-th and Broadway in downtown Nashville.  I am honored to have been asked to be the master of ceremonies.  The doors open at 5:45p.m. and the service begins at 5:30. 

  During the memorial, families from around the state hang ornaments usually containing a picture of their lost loved one on a couple of huge wreaths that will be on display near  Governor Haslam's office at the state capitol.  It's always a moving service.  This year the hand bell chior at First Baptist will provide the music.

  If you know someone whose loved one was the victim of homicide, please make sure they know about "A Season To Remember."  The state is sending out nearly two thousand invitations but everyone is welcome.  The featured speaker is Ed Wisdom whose father was murdered in 2011 not far from my office after returning home from the grocery store.  Please help me spread the word about "A Season To Remember."  If you have questions, direct them to seasonto.remember@tn.gov

 

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