Lights of Memory

Members of the North Country Veterans Association, Dannemora Federal Credit Union, as well as military members and their families gather in front of the Trinity Park war memorial Saturday for the 39th-annual Lights of Memory Wreath Service. The annual tradition, started by the Gold Star Mothers, originally began as a way to honor fallen veterans on Dec. 7, in memory of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The ceremony has since expanded to remember all who have served their country in all branches of the military. The festive and patriotic lights each have their own meaning with red symbolizing the loss of fallen comrades, white to symbolize the diligence in recovering prisoners of war and missing in action soldiers and blue to symbolize the living veterans, their families and continued support for active duty military personnel. The wreaths placed along each side of the fence serve as a way to remember the the gallant efforts of all military serving.