November 27, 2018
For nearly 20 years, Redmond has been pleased and honored to host the Rome Chapter of Compassionate Friends Memorial Tree during the holiday season. This Christmas tree is no ordinary holiday tree. It is a celebration of life. The Compassionate Friends is an organization whose mission is to provide support, hope, and comfort to families who have lost loved ones. The tree contains numerous ornaments, each with a photo of a loved one who is no longer with us. The tree rotates so that one is able to see all of the ornaments and smiling faces of the loved ones featured. The sign beside the tree explains the purpose: "that their light may always shine." Thank you to Severo Avila, Features Editor of the Rome News Tribune for writing a beautiful article about this beautiful holiday tradition.