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Sunday, December 10, 2006

National Childrens Memorial Day TODAY!

"Held annually the second Sunday in December, this year December 10, The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting unites family and friends around the globe as they light candles for one hour to honor and remember children who have died at any age from any cause. As candles are lit at 7 p.m. local time, hundreds of thousands of persons commemorate and honor children in a way that transcends all ethnic, cultural, religious, and political boundaries.
Believed to be the largest mass candle lighting on the globe, the Worldwide Candle Lighting creates a virtual 24-hour wave of light as it moves from time zone to time zone. Hundreds of formal candle lighting events are held and thousands of informal candle lightings are conducted in homes as families gather in quiet remembrance of children who have died, but will never be forgotten.

The Worldwide Candle Lighting started in the United States in 1997 as a small Internet observance but has since swelled in numbers as word has spread throughout the world of the remembrance. A memorial message board is available during the event at TCF's USA website www.compassionatefriends.org. Hundreds upon hundreds of postings are received each year from all over the United States, as well as dozens of other countries. Some messages are in foreign languages.

Here in the United States, publicity about the event is widespread, being featured in the past in Parade Magazine, Ann Landers column, Guideposts magazine, Annie’s Mailbox, and literally hundreds of U.S. newspapers, dozens of television stations, and numerous websites. Information on the Worldwide Candle Lighting and planned memorial candle lighting services is posted on the TCF website at www.compassionatefriends.org each year as the event nears.

The United States Senate has, for many of the 10 years of the Worldwide Candle Lighting, joined in the remembrance by unanimously passing resolutions declaring the second Sunday in December of each year National Children’s Memorial Day to coincide with The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting.

The Worldwide Candle Lighting gives bereaved families everywhere the opportunity to remember their child . . . that their light may always shine!"

We would be so honored if you would all light a candle for Jack.

5 comments:

uncle tom said...

I have one going right now. Here's to you, Jack!

Eric, Athena, Matrim, and Aviendha said...

A blue tye-dye candle is burning for Jack at our house.

Michelle and Michael said...

We had ours going as well. Here's to Jack!

Joey Girl said...

Thank you all for lighting a candle for Jack. We went to a local NCMD ceremony in Tempe, but I couldn't talk myself into getting out of the car. Jory and I sat in the car for 30 minutes watching everyone else go in, but I just couldn't do it. I guess I wasn't ready yet. Still too soon.

Thank you Jory for holding my hand.

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to let you know that I am thinking of you and praying that you will have success soon TTC.

Melody

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