Annual Angel Tree Ceremony December 4, 2017 5:30 pm Downtown Akron Public Library Auditorium, 60 S. Main Street, Akron Since 1994, Victim Assistance Program has grieved with hundreds of Summit County families who have lost loved ones as a result of homicide. As a way to memorialize these individuals, Victim Assistance Program staff invites you to join us on the first Monday of December to participate in the annual Angel Tree Ceremony and homicide memorial service. This event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the ceremony begins promptly at 6:00 p.m. Each year, we expect over 200 individuals to attend and participate in the following: Family members and friends of homicide victims are asked to submit a photo of their loved one to display on the Wall of Remembrance. These photographs remain on the wall throughout the month of December to honor those we have not forgotten. Please visit the Downtown Akron Main Public Library to view this years Wall of Remembrance. When friends and family of homicide victims arrive to the event, they will be directed to our memorial registration table which will hold angels of the deceased. Family members are encouraged to take the angels to their seats and hold them close during our ceremony. Following prayer and music, Victim Assistance Program staff, board members, or community leaders will briefly talk about the need to put an end to violence in our community. After this presentation, individuals in the audience will be invited to address the audience and share a messages to their loved one before adorning the tree with their angels. Following the placement, we will present a slideshow with the 900+ names and pictures of those whose lives were taken as a result of violence during the last 20 years. During this time, family members who chose not to publicly speak about their loved ones are invited to come forward to hang their angels on one of the three 12 foot tall trees themselves. Homicide victim angels who do not have any family or friends present will be hung on the tree by volunteers, police officers and advocates.