Each person honored on the Tree of Remembrance in any of the 26 locations throughout eight counties, will be honored at a special We Remember Tribute on Sunday, January 8, 2011 at Big Bend Hospice, 1723 Mahan Center Blvd., starting at 2:00 PM. One by one each name will be read aloud and a bell, from the USS Constant a Navy minesweeper from the 1950’s to early 1990’s, will be tolled in honor of each life. “The impact one life has had on another is immeasurable,” said Pam Wilson, Big Bend Hospice Foundation Executive Director. “This Tribute honors those connections. There is such power and presence in a name. To hear a beloved name spoken and this historic bell toll in a loved ones honor is an amazing experience.” There will be musical performances from the Big Bend Hospice choir and the haunting sound of bagpipes provided by Joe Ashcraft of the Tallahassee Pipe Band, as well as words of hope and comfort. A reception will be held immediately following the Tribute. For those who cannot attend, you can watch the event on the Big Bend Hospice website www.bigbendhospice.org where it will be streamed live. It will also be posted later as a video on the website for family and friends to view.
“We realize how important it is to continue to cherish those who are no longer here. By calling their name and honoring their memory it makes our loved ones a part of the present,” continued Wilson. “There is no greater tribute than to remember the joy and blessings a loved one has been to us in life and continues to bring us in memory even after death. This Tribute service seems like a fitting way to conclude the Tree of Remembrance season and begin a new year.” For more information on the Tribute Service please call Connie Palmer at 878-5310.