18th Annual Myers Memorial Tree Service
Trees to be lit in honor of deceased loved ones
Four Christmas trees will once again glisten with close to 3,000 shiny ornaments bearing the names of an approximate 4,000 loved ones who have died during the 18th Annual Myers Memorial Tree Service scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday at Myers Chapel, 248 N. E. Street.
The service is free, open to the public and is held on the front lawn of Myers. It includes singing by the Monache High School Choir, a few words by a local minister, the lighting of the Christmas trees and cookies and hot beverages following the service.
The annual local tradition is attended by thousands of people, prompting the closing of E Street in front of the Chapel, and offering healing to residents who have lost loved ones by providing an opportunity to remember them during the holiday season, Myers officials said.
Shiny ornaments of angels or praying hands — each one bearing the name or names of loved ones who have died — are free and available at Myers from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Anyone can request an ornament as the service is not limited to families who used Myers service.
The free ornaments can be placed on the trees through Christmas and are available by contacting Myers Funeral Home, 248 N. E St., 784-5454.
Once hung, the ornaments remain on the tree until they are removed by Myers staff.
Contact Esther Avila at 784-5000, Ext. 1045. Follow her on Twitter @Avila_recorder.