Families Honor Lost Loved Ones At ‘Season To Remember’
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The holidays are a time for family for most, but they're a difficult time for those who have lost loved ones to crime.
For the last 18 years Nashville has made this a season to remember those crime victims.
"If you haven't had a loved one to be murdered, or killed by a drunk driver, or by the hands of whoever, you don't really understand. Every day is different. I deal with the pain, especially during the holiday. It's emotional, it gets emotional," says Barbara Moore.
This is the second year Pretima Scruggs has come out to hang an ornament on this tree in honor of her 19 year old son. "Just brings back a lot of memories. It always opens up that box again that you try to close and keep closed. But you learn to deal with it and you learn to survive," she says.
Each ornament has a story, bringing families and strangers together in tragedy. Every year under this tree in Centennial Park, they find comfort in each other.
"Some people you can look at them and just look at yourself. It makes it a lot easier because we help each other. To me personally, it helps a lot. It gets better, but it never heals," says Scruggs.
Davidson County District Attorney General Torry Johnson has been part of the remembrance ceremony since its beginning. He says: "it's important for families to know that the community recognizes the loss they have suffered. These families have a very gaping hole left in their lives, and we want them to know they are not alone, and there is support there for them." General Johnson was joined by Former First Lady Andrea Conte, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, Metro Police Chief Steve Anderson, and US Attorney Jerry Martin.
The tree in Centennial Park will be up for remembrance through the New Year.