Since 2002 the Erath County victims services has held its Tree of Angels program to remember victims of violent crime. 

This year’s event will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4, at the Donald R. Jones Justice Center located at 112 W. College Street.

“The Tree of Angels is a time for victims, families and friends of victims to come together and remember those that have been victimized or lost due to violent crime,” said Laurie Gillispie, with the district attorney’s office. “The guest speaker at Monday’s event will be Melanie Cage, mother of Stephen Cage, who was killed in a crash on the TSU campus in 2007.”

During the ceremony loved ones will light a candle and bring an ornament to place on the Christmas tree.

The Tree of Angels was initiated by People Against Violent Crime in Austin in 1991 and has become a tradition observed throughout Texas communities with 32 counties involved.

Back in 2000, former Governor George W. Bush proclaimed the week of Dec. 4-10 as Tree of Angels Week. The service is open to the public and refreshments will be served after the ceremony.

For more information about Monday’s 16th annual Tree of Angels ceremony or victims services contact Gillispie at 254-965-1462.