TO THE EDITOR: Our 11th Candlelight Vigil took place on Friday, Dec. 6, in the shadow of the trees and a quaint chapel in Riverview Cemetery, with a statue of the dove-winged angel watching over the cemetery.
Chazy was the 40th angel to be erected, and there are now 123 angels throughout the nation.
Pam Moser welcomed everybody, Pastor Steve Loan said prayers, Luke Moser read the poem, and others who made this possible were John and Jamie Martin, Ray and Valerie Rivera, Debbie Olds, Tom Trombly and the Town of Chazy.
Songs were “Angel of Hope,” “Light a Candle” (both written especially for the vigil), “To Where You Are” and “If I Could Have Something for Christmas.”
We thank you all for your contribution to the vigil.
Many families gathered to remember their “little angels.” The candles were lit by those who felt great sadness and emptiness but with hope that the annual vigil will bring a little consolation at this time of year.
White flowers were laid at the angel, and names of those who had passed were announced by the families. After the service, people went back to the Town Hall for hot chocolate, cookies, fellowship and to write their loved one’s name in the Remembrance Book.
Please remember that our Christmas Box Angel of Hope Vigil is always at 6 p.m. on Dec. 6 at Riverview Cemetery, Route 9, Chazy.
2014 will be the 20th anniversary of the Christmas Box, and Richard Paul Evans has promised it will be a memorable one.
May we take this opportunity of wishing you all a very peaceful and healthy new year.
If you have any questions regarding the Christmas Box Angel of Hope, please call Pam Moser 846-8304 or Diane Trombly 846-7818.
TO THE EDITOR: Just over a year ago, my father died from Alzheimer’s disease.
For more than a decade leading up to his death, my family and I watched a proud man deteriorate into a state that can only be described as cruel and unforgiving.
This disease turned the man who spent hours visiting children and families at Children’s Hospital as Sir Holly the clown to someone who needed 24-hour care in a nursing home for over six years and before that three years in assisted-living facility. The horrors inflicted by Alzheimer’s cannot be understated.
Eleven years ago, I saw Alzheimer’s take my mother-in-law from us much too early and much too quickly.
Today, over 5 million Americans are living with the disease, and by 2050, it could be as many as 16 million.
NIH-funded study found that Alzheimer’s is now the most expensive disease in America, costing more than cancer and heart disease. Over the next 40 years, it will cost a cumulative $20 trillion.
America has a strong history of investing in the fight against heart, HIV/AIDS and cancer. That has paid off as death rates have been reduced or leveled off.
Washington, it’s now time to make a New Year’s resolution to increase badly needed funding for Alzheimer’s disease research and community-based programs and services.
The investment will help to combat the Alzheimer’s public-health crisis and will make a significant difference in so many people’s quality of life.
As a caregiver, I can assure you the increased funding is long overdue and is badly needed by the Alzheimer’s community.
Alzheimer’s can bankrupt this country; we must step up now to make Alzheimer’s a memory of the past by 2025.
Alzheimer’s Association ambassador to Sen. Schumer