Remembrance Tree at Lutheran Hospital Commemorates Loved Ones Who Are Gone but Not Forgotten
Ornaments with names painted on them to be displayed throughout the holidays
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Nov. 3, 2011) – Memorial ornaments will once again adorn a Remembrance Tree at Lutheran Hospital this holiday season. The annual Remembrance Tree display provides the entire community with a touching way to commemorate loved ones who are gone but not forgotten.
On Saturday, Nov. 19, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the public is invited to place a personalized ornament on this special tree. Volunteers will paint a family member or friend’s name on the ornament, which is provided free of charge. Special ornaments will also be available in memory of fallen heroes from the armed forces, fire department or police department.
A special dedication will take place in the hospital’s main lobby at 12:45 p.m. The names of loved ones will be read at that time. Each ornament will remain on the tree until shortly after the New Year, at which time they may be picked up at Lutheran and taken home as a memento.
Miss Fort Wayne Jessica Leedy and K105 FM on-air personality Dude Walker are scheduled to be in attendance to decorate ornaments and greet guests. Area choirs will also share songs of the season throughout the morning.
Lutheran’s Remembrance Tree efforts are the result of Nicki Knefelkamp’s heartfelt desire to create a meaningful event in memory of her mother, Deborah Joanne Tracey. Nurses from Lutheran Hospital assist in planning this special activity.
The public may call 260.435.7704 for more information.