Friday, May 1, 2009

National Crime Victims' Right Week

This week, April 26 - May 2, has been designated as National Crime Victims Rights Week. This week provides an opportunity for victims' advocates, criminal and juvenile justice officials, allied professionals, community volunteers, and citizens to join together to observe the recognition week.

The Maryville Treatment Center and the Maryville Board of Probation and Parole Office invited us to join in a tree planting ceremony at Mozingo Lake.

The ceremony opened with Tom Seipel, Probation and Parole District Administrator, welcoming everyone, followed by a performance by MHS Spectrum Choir. Father Kenneth Reichert from the Conception Abbey then opened with a prayer. Next, Joe Ledbetter, MTC Warden, led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by Chad Jackson, Mayor, reading a Proclamation stating that Maryville would observe this week as Crime Victims Rights Week. Darren White, Nodaway County Sheriff was the speaker for the event this year, talking about various crimes and the impacts they have on the community. The tree, donated by Sutherlands, was then planted in honor of victims by Tom Seipel, Joe Ledbetter, Darren White, and Sgt. Shane Sims.

A moment of silence....

and then I was asked to speak briefly about the Foundation, since it was started as the result of a crime.

Spectrum sang again, and Father Reichert closed in prayer.

We felt honored to be included in this tree planting remembrance ceremony.

1 comment:

  1. Brenda, I am glad that you and Marc were able to join with us. I appreciate your taking your time to be with us. Your participation was a welcome addition to our annual ceremony. Thank you and keep up the good work. Tom