JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL-TV) – The holidays can be a rough time for the families of those that were the victims of violent crimes, but there is a way people can remember those lost to these crimes during the holiday season.
For the second year in a row, there will be victim remembrance trees both in the Tri-Cities and in Knoxville.
“It’s a sad time, but it makes you feel like you are doing something special for your loved one so they’re never forgotten, but this is an extremely hard time of the year for family members.”, Victims Remembrance Tree Organizer Joan Berry said, “It is in remembrance of everyone that has lost a loved one to homicide. We come together and we kind of have our little Christmas and hang an ornament on the tree in remembrance of your loved one.”
This years’ tree will be in the lobby of the Sullivan Co. Justice Center in Blountville, last year’s tree was in the Washington Co. Justice Center in Jonesborough. They hope to rotate the tree locations between the two sites each year.
The ceremony for the Tri-Cities’ tree will held on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 6 pm. The Knoxville tree ceremony will be held on Dec. 2.
“You just bring your ornament and everyone will get a chance to get up and say who they are there in remembrance of and then hang their ornament on the tree.”, Berry said, “Lots of family members make ornaments, special ornaments or have pictures of their loved ones, that type of thing.”
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