Nat’l Day of Remembrance Ceremony Observance to Recognize Local Victims of Homicide and Traumatic Loss

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  • October 6, 2016
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National Day of Remembrance Ceremony presented by Halifax Health – Hospice Traumatic Loss Program and the Victims’ Services Coalition of the 7th Judicial Circuit


Saturday, September 24, 2016

9:00 a.m.


Sunrise Park  

1135 Riverside Drive, Holly Hill

DETAILS:    The Halifax Health – Hospice Traumatic Loss Program in collaboration with the Victims’ Services Coalition of the 7th Judicial Circuit annually observe the National Day of Remembrance with a special ceremony in honor of the victims and survivors of homicide and traumatic loss as a way for them to remember, reflect and heal. 

Fr. Phil Egitto of Our Lady of Lourdes in Daytona Beach and Rev. Ray Brewster will provide the ceremony’s invocation and healing reflections. 

Speakers will include:

  • R.J. Larizza, State Attorney, 7th Judicial Circuit
  • Heather Taylor, 2016 Ms. Wheelchair Florida

Mary Jo Allen, executive director of Halifax Health – Hospice, will read the names of more than 500 loved ones to be remembered.  There will also be a Native American healing ritual led by Jim Sawgrass of the Muskogee-Creek Indian Tribe.

In addition, the ceremony includes a special remembrance of the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando last June.  Pulse general manager Nema, who was at the club the night of the shooting, will be reading the names of the tragedy’s 49 victims.   

Dignitaries expected to attend include Ormond Beach Mayor Ed Kelley and Holly Hilly Mayor Joe Penny, as well as other city, county and law enforcement officials. 

After the event, attendees are invited to visit MiltHallmanPark located on 10th Street in Holly Hill.  There, the National Day of Remembrance will be further recognized throughout the following week courtesy of the Office of the Attorney General.  A banner has been placed at the park in acknowledgment of the National Day of Remembrance.  Pinwheels for each victim have been placed by the tree that was planted several years ago in tribute to homicide victims as an affirmation that they are remembered.

Participants are also invited to decorate and add a commemorative rock to the Healing Hearts River of Rocks at the Halifax Health – HospicePort OrangeCareCenter, 3800 Woodbriar Trail, Port Orange.

For more information, contact Kimberly Beck-Frate at 386.258.3237 or

Halifax Health

Recognized by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures, Halifax Health serves Volusia and Flagler counties, providing a continuum of healthcare services through a network of organizations including a tertiary hospital, community hospital, psychiatric services, a cancer treatment center with four outreach locations, the area’s largest hospice, a center for inpatient rehabilitation, primary care walk-in clinics, a walk-in clinic specializing in women’s health, two community clinics, three children’s medical practices, a home healthcare agency, and an exclusive provider organization.  Halifax Health offers the area’s only Level II Trauma Center, Comprehensive Stroke Center, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Emergency Department, Child and Adolescent Behavioral Services, complete Neurosurgical Services, OB Emergency Department and Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit that cares for babies born as early as 28 weeks.  For more information, visit


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