The Rusk Country Tree of Angels, an annual ceremony held by the Rusk County Victims & Survivors Against Violent Crime, will take place Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Rusk County Justice Center in Henderson.
The ceremony is intended to help survivors express their grief for loved ones who have been harmed by violent crime.
“Every December, the Rusk County & District Attorney’s Office hosts the Tree of Angels ceremony. This event allows crime victims, along with their friends and families, to hang an ornament on a Christmas tree in memory of those who were hurt, lost or are missing because of criminal violence. This ceremony exists to encourage and comfort those who still grieve during the holiday season,” read a Nov. 25 statement from the Rusk County & District Attorney’s Office.
The 2019 ceremony will mark the eleventh year of the event in Henderson. The event is open to the public and will include remembrances of loved ones.
For more information, contact VSABC President and Founder Marie Martin at 903-722-2151 or the Rusk County District Attorney Victims Coordinator at 903-657-2265. The Rusk County Justice Center is located at 210 Charlevoix in Henderson and the ceremony will be held in the third floor courtroom.
For the first time, Gregg County will also host a Tree of Angels event. Mona Jimerson, Director of Victim Services at Gregg County Criminal District Attorney’s Office, sent out a press release announcing the event will be held Thursday, Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. in the 188th District Courtroom. The courthouse is located at 101 E. Methvin St. in Longview and the ceremony will be held in the courtroom on the fourth floor.
“Families and friends of a victim of a violent crime are invited to bring an ornament to place on this special tree and together we will remember lives that have been touched by crime,” the release read.
For more information, contact Mona Jimerson at 903-236-8440.