Five candles were lighted during the ceremony. Four of the candles represented each season and the fifth candle represented the victims of Sept. 11.
“We remember the military men and women who gave their lives so we can live in freedom,” Demshar said.
Once the candles were lighted, each guest lighted a candle from one of the five flames, in remembrance of their loved ones. After another video by Altered Student Ministries, the guests extinguished their flames at the same time.
To conclude Sunday’s service, each guest was invited to write the name or names of their loved ones on a memorial card and place them on the decorated Christmas tree at the funeral home. “The cards will stay on the tree throughout the holiday season,” Ducro said.
As the cards were placed on the tree, the tree was lighted. “The tree comes to light and life as the names are placed on it,” said Sue Ducro.