Eleventh Annual National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims
Monday September 25, 2017 9AM to 11AM
Expedition Church (Formerly New Beginnings Church) 13 Hampton Ave., Orlando, Fl. 32803 This is the same location as last year!
Orlando's eleventh observance of the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims was celebrated on Monday, September 25, 2017 at the Expedition Church (formerly New Beginnings Church). Last year was our first year at this location as we had outgrown the gazebo at the Mayor Carl T. Langford Park. We would would like to offer a special thank you to Pastor J.R. Gonzalez who once again graciously allowed us to use his church for our ceremony. It is the perfect venue; plenty of comfortable seating, air conditioned and directly across the street from the park for our tree ceremony. Our most sincere thanks go out to all of you that were able to attend. You are what makes the ceremony special. As always, thank you to all of the law enforcement that attend especially Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings and Orlando Police Chief John Mina. I hope you know how much your presence means to all of us. Orange County Sheriff's Office Captain Mary Huggins was our voice of experience. Her heartfelt message was powerful and uplifting to all. Thank you so much Captain Huggins. The beautiful vocals sung by Alice Flowers bring such a special meaning to the ceremony, thank you Alice. This year we were blessed with a lovely meal donated to us by Sonny's BBQ thanks to Pastor Franchy Tavares of Journey Church. Your kindness is greatly appreciated by all. Last, but by no means least, thank God for bringing us all together for love, support and comfort. God bless us all until we meet again next year, Tuesday September 25, 2018.
Our tree, a sturdy young live oak tree, was dedicated in 2007 to honor the memories of Central Florida's murder victims and to recognize the impact on the surviving family members. It was rededicated this year.
Sponsored by the Bereaved Survivors of Homicide, Orange County Sheriff's Office, Victim Advocate Squad and A Stable Life Counseling Services, (Supported by the Debbie Fielding Memorial Fund).