Remembrance Event To Be Held At State Capitol 5:30 P.M. CST, Dec. 2

Governor Phil Bredesen and First Lady Andrea Conte announced that “Tennessee Season to Remember” will be held for a second year at the State Capitol on Thursday, December 2, at 5:30 p.m. The First Couple will host the holiday memorial event in the Tennessee House Chambers, located on the second floor of the State Capitol Building. 
“Andrea and I want to share this event will all Tennessee families affected by violent crime,” Bredesen said. “Last year, more than 300 people attended the ceremony, and again we invite the families and friends of homicide victims to join us in remembrance of their loved ones.” 
“A Season to Remember” was first organized by individuals in Davidson County as a holiday memorial for those survivors of a homicide of a family member. While Bredesen was Mayor of Nashville, the event was held in front of the Mayor’s office at the Metropolitan Court House. The event has since moved to Centennial Park to accommodate the large crowds. In November 2003, Bredesen and Conte established a statewide “Tennessee Season to Remember,” and invited families from across the state to join them at the Capitol for the event. 
“The devastation of losing a family member to violent crime can become even more difficult to bear during the holidays,” Conte said. “‘A Season to Remember’ is one way for families to seek healing and fellowship by coming together in remembrance of the people they love, and in celebration of the lives they led.”  
As part of the ceremony, the names of victims will be read in remembrance as each family hangs ornaments on memorial wreaths in honor of their loved ones. The wreaths will then be displayed in the Capitol throughout the holiday season. The program will include music provided by the Creek Wood High School Choir from Dickson County. 
Parking will be available in the State parking lots surrounding the Capitol and in the basement of William Snodgrass Tower on the corner of 7th and Charlotte Avenue. For more information about “Tennessee Season to Remember,” call the Governor’s Communications Office at (615) 741.3763.  

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