Main Street Chillicothe held the third annual Memory Tree lighting and dedication service at Silver Moon Plaza Thursday night.
Main Street Chillicothe held the third annual Memory Tree lighting and dedication service at Silver Moon Plaza Thursday night. The event was held to memorialize loved ones who have passed away with a special ornament holding that loved one’s name inside. The First Baptist Church Children's Choir sang just before the event began. Alan Brock, director of the Linn/Livingstn Baptist Association, led the ceremony with a message about everyone’s right to mourn loved ones who pass on, but the need to get back to living a happy life. More than 100 ornaments were purchased for the Memory Tree that will be on display at Silver Moon Plaza throughout the coming holiday season. Main Street Chillicothe executive director, Ben White, was on hand for the event and participated in the reading of names. “The holidays are often bittersweet for people who have lost loved ones,” said White. “They bring up memories of good times, with people that are dearly missed. This is a way to take a moment to memorialize them and then feel allowed to enjoy the holidays, like they would surely want you to do. We feel really good about being able to provide this event to the community.” Ornament sales began on October 9, and all revenues go to the expense of the tree.